STEM Students: Driving Innovation in Sports and Health

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
STEM Students working in the lab.


STEM Students and Innovation Summary:

Jessie Garcia had a head impact during a sports game and wanted to know if there was a way to check if she had a concussion. The only product available was too expensive, so she rolled up her sleeves and got to work creating a purely mechanical head impact sensor. Stem students at The LINC school in Philadelphia visited Jessie’s factory to tell her story. To learn more about concussions, sports, and STEM students, check out NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs’ series here.


Watch the video and answer the discussion questions below. You may want to turn on the “CC” (closed-captions) function.



Discussion questions about STEM students and Jessie Garcia:

1) Essential question: How might hearing personal stories of real-world problems affect one’s outlook on invention and innovation?

2) What steps did Jessie Garcia need to take to get her idea for the concussion censor off the ground?

3) How does empathy play a role in creating inventions that help others after experiencing hardship, such as a physical injury?

4) Why do physical injuries often impact one’s mental health as well?

5) Media literacy: This story was produced by STEM Student Reporting Labs, NewsHour’s youth journalism program. What other questions do you have for Jessie Garcia that you would like to know about?


STEM Students like Jssie Garcia provide innovation and growth in an expanding market.


Extension activities about STEM students:

1. Learn how to solve problems through the power of invention and innovation. Use these 10 NewsHour Extra lessons to explore inventions that are battling invasive species, 

2. In this PBS Learning Media interactive lesson, Invent Apps That Help Others and Build Empathystudents will discover how new apps are improving the lives of people with a disability or illness and helping to raise empathy. Through stories featured on the PBS NewsHour’s broadcast and student-produced videos via PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs, students will learn about individuals who have overcome challenges and went on to help others. Then, students will use their knowledge of the invention process to design their own app which addresses a problem facing their school or community.

Visit PBS NewsHour Extra for more education resources designed to help teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories. You can read the original story here@NewsHourExtra