Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2022

Faculty Advisor(s)

Lauren Dudley


ThinkMED is a nonprofit initiative offering a four-week curriculum specifically designed to develop critical thinking and encourage evidence-based decision making. Each week’s content material revolves around the use of a ThinkBOX science kit containing four (4) wet-lab experiments designed to supplement the curriculum. Each experiment is formulated to be inclusive of all California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) K-5. At the end of each week, students get the opportunity to speak with university professors & scientists from a multitude of subject areas including chemistry, anatomy, computer science, physiology, and bioengineering. ThinkBOXes are donated to children and families who do not have an environment that is conducive to entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). ThinkMED and our STEAM Team members seek to create an environment where Thinkers can explore all of the wonders that STEM has to offer on a level playing field without any barriers to learning. Some groups that ThinkMED has had the opportunity to work with are children from low-income families and under-resourced communities in Orange, Tustin, Westminster, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana, children with developmental disabilities, and children affected by a parent’s cancer. Ultimately, the goal of ThinkMED is to inspire the future of STEM, one project at a time.


Presented at the Spring 2022 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.