HEPH collaborated with INCREDIVERSE and Loyola University Professor Makio Iwashima PHD, to secure a $125,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a pilot video game, which pits players against cancer cells in the body. The game will help middle and high school students learn the basics of immunology.
The game is the first module of INCREDICAMP BIOTECH gaming platform. Future modules are in planning stages with UIC Professor Cristian Luciano, PHD. This module will focus on robotic surgery.
HEPH Foundation has worked with both the elementary school district in Oak Park, IL (District 97) and the high school district that serves both Oak Park and River Forest (District 200) since 2015. The working relationship revolves around the students and is in partnership with the community, teachers, department heads and superintendents. The good works are based on HEPH FOUNDATIONS innovative approach to education. Executions include a powerful new way of teaching summer school, in-school adventure activities and scaffolding between the schools.
Each element of the partnership purposefully delivers holistic support to students who otherwise might get lost in “the system”. What’s important about the approach is it integrates rather than alienates all students.
In 2021, there were nearly 10 million workers in STEM occupations and this total is projected to grow by almost 11% by 2031, over two times faster than the total for all occupations.” (U.S. Department of Labor)