MIAMI COUNTY — Van Cleve Sixth Grade students scrubbed up and polished their bedside manner as they toured the nursing department at Edison State Community College on Friday.
More than 300 students spent the day on campus exploring various careers including engineering, nursing and other departments as part of the “Kids to College” session of the day.
The second half of the day students participate in the “Real Money Real World” simulation where they are assigned careers, family life including children and all of life’s various expenses. It is the 11th annual “Real Money Real World” simulation which is part of the Ohio State Extension education services.
Professor of Nursing Marci Langenkamp challenged students to think of ways their daily school work could apply to nursing skills. Students chimed in how weight plays a role in medicine to help determine dosage and how blood draws help determine how healthy a person is using biology and chemistry.
Students learned how to check their pulse and how to determine their blood pressure and target heart rate.
Students also went under the black light to learn how important it is to wash hands thoroughly can help combat the spread of germs and disease.
Skylar Davis, 11, wasn’t a fan of the nursing department’s interactive dummy “Naomi” which responds in real time to questions student nurses ask during assessments.
“I don’t know what I want to do yet, but definitely not nursing,” she said. “I liked the engineering part. We got to make airplanes and stuff. It was fun.”
Students quizzed Naomi about her pain level, medication and health history.
“It was neat to see the mannequin talk respond to you,” said Ava McCoy. “My mom and grandma are nurses. (The mannequins) didn’t scare me. I also liked dancing to get our heart rates up. That was fun, too.”
JoLynn Scalice said its an annual tradition for the Van Cleve Sixth Grade to participate in the financial literacy classes. Scalice said parents also participate in a survey and the school has receive good feedback about their kids’ experience.
“Parent love the program and that the kids appreciate their family’s financial situations more so afterwards,” she said. “The fact we do it right before Christmas is an added bonus.”
Initial sessions are held at Van Cleve in the weeks leading up to the event to help prepare students for a simulation that requires them to make consumer decisions, pay bills and balance a checkbook.
Sixth graders are assigned various careers — with various paychecks — before trying to stretch every dollar with housing, transportation, child care, student loans and the all important cell phone bill.
While at Edison State, students spent time in the classroom learning about a variety of topics ranging from anatomy and physics to business and early childhood education.
The annual program is a collaborative effort with Troy City Schools, The Ohio State University Extension Office and is funded by a grant from the Troy Foundation.