Jump to Exhibit at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

The Advanced Imaging and Modeling (AIM) team at Jump Simulation is participating in the 4th Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo April 16 -17, 2016. Designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, the Festival is a free expo that allows kids and adults to participate in more than 3,000 hands-on activities in addition to watching stage performances. The event is expected to attract 350,000 people.

The AIM program at Jump grew out of Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. Matthew Bramlet’s work to print anatomically accurate 3D models of heart defects for patients at Children’s Hospital of Illinois. AIM is now improving 3D modeling to make viewing anatomical images intuitive across all clinical specialties leading to better diagnoses, surgical planning, education, and outcomes.

“Showcasing our work at the Festival Expo sparks interest in biomedical careers among students considering careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Lela DiMonte, Jump engineer and member of the AIM team. “It’s our goal to introduce students to evolving technology used in medical education and how engineers and designers have become influencers in the medical industry.”

The AIM exhibit will give participants the opportunity to look at real patient heart models. They will also learn how 3D modeling has transformed the imaging field and allows doctors to interact with 3D printed and virtual reality heart models.

The Festival Expo is the grand finale of the Festival’s year-long science celebration. The event will have a career pavilion where students can meet with scientists, representatives from leading universities, and corporate recruiters to learn about internships, mentorships, scholarships, and after-school programs.
Founded by serial entrepreneur Larry Bock and Lockheed Martin executives to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation’s largest science festival and was developed to ignite the next generation’s interest in considering careers in science and engineering.

“Science is amazing. Staying competitive as a nation means we have to encourage more kids to think about careers in STEM. What better way to capture their imaginations than gathering the rock stars of science in one place and providing activities they can really do?” explained Bock.

Denise Molina-Weiger, Media Relations Coordinator, Jump Simulation