ITW's Ultrasound Lab Day
March 19, 2013 Today I had the pleasure of working directly with a range of students from the community for a teaching day. Mary taught the students about ultrasounds, pregnancy, and the risks involved with adolescent pregnancy, Kristen showed the students what an actual ultrasound was and I delivered pre and post-tests and surveys to the students on our ITW iPads.
When I first sat down with the students to start the pre-tests and surveys they were a little skeptical of the iPads but everyone wanted to look at it. I was pleasantly surprised by their answers on the pre-test about pregnancy and birth, some of them really new a lot. By the time the post-test came they were all using the iPads by themselves and I was there to help. Any answers they had gotten wrong on the pre-test they now had correct. What struck me the most was how much more they wanted to learn about ultrasound, pregnancy and other aspects of family planning. I had one little girl say she wanted to know how she could protect herself from having a child too young. A little boy said that after learning about adolescent pregnancy he was going to plan when he wanted to have a family. Almost every one of them said that when they (or their wives) are ready to have children they will come for ultrasound scans to make sure there are no complications. They were all very eager and excited and it was so heartwarming.
At the end of the day Kristen wanted to see how many of them would tell others in their community what they learned and the response was an overwhelming yes. One student said he would not only tell people but he would teach them. Today was one of those days that makes you feel like you are really accomplishing something. I felt like I was part of and contributing to something that was much bigger than me. I am so thankful to be a part of Imaging the World.
Lexi Barone, RTR ITW Executive Assistant