Want to be a BioEngineer? LCG on Federal Tech Talk Discussing Bioengineering STEM App

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016Matt Briddell, vice president of LCG, a leading provider of innovative grants management and technology solutions to federal agencies based in Rockville, was a guest on John Gilroy’s Tech Talk on Federal News Radio discussing the company’s innovative “Want to Be a Bioengineer?” app. “Want to Be a Bioengineer?” was developed to help the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) promote careers in bioengineering to STEM programs in schools around the globe.

During the interview, Briddell discussed with Gilroy LCG’s creative use of gaming and mobile technology to produce applications that tackle government agency challenges in a wide variety of ways.

“A key aspect of education is to go to where the students are,” said Briddell. “And where they are is on their phone and tablet.”

The case study he shared highlighted how LCG worked closely with its customers at NIBIB to transform the original PowerPoint presentation version of the game into an online, mobile accessible app to inspire more young students interested in the bioengineering field.

“For more and more people, especially young ones, a smartphone or tablet has become the only way that they interact with the online universe where the US public now consumes most of its information, and the single best way for federal agencies to get critical information into the hands of those who need it.”

The game introduces students to real-life examples of how researchers are improving people’s lives, as well as research areas and professions that someone with an education in these fields can pursue. NIBIB has been able to leverage this interactive gaming solution to reach and educate audiences around the world. The app effectively supports the organization’s strategic goal of enhancing STEM efforts and training the next generation of scientists and bioengineers.

The game can be played on the NIBIB website at www.nibib.nih.gov/science-education or downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play.

You can listen to the interview here.