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Samantha Davis Uses 3D Hearts in Classroom, Receives National Teaching Award

Written by Paul

October 25, 2018

Samantha Davis, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, has been selected to receive the 2018 National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Gary A. Smith Educational Award for Innovation in Education Achievement, presented by the American Respiratory Care Foundation. Davis was nominated and awarded for her work with the Boise State University MakerLab in the utilization of three-dimensional (3D) printers to demonstrate neonatal heart defects to her neonatal/pediatric respiratory care class. She created a new, visionary way for her students to study the heart by utilizing one of the many resources found on campus. Davis improved student outcomes by creating a hands-on learning experience in an area that is usually studied from a picture in a textbook. Students had the opportunity to print a heart with an assigned defect and cut it into three or four slices to easily see the defect throughout the heart. Davis […]


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