This Week in STEM: Golden Arms and Legos for Doctors

This Week in STEM: Golden Arms and Legos for Doctors

At Concept Schools, we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out for what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

We can’t share all of the amazing things happening in STEM: leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from

The man with the “Golden Arm” retires

An Australian man called James Harrison has retired from donating plasma. Harrison’s blood contains a rare antibody that can create a treatment to save babie’s lives, and over the course of six decades, his donations saved over 2.4 million infants. Read the story above to learn more about Harrison and others like him. 

When building blocks can help doctors diagnose patients

Researchers at MIT have created a modular diagnostic block: think legos for doctors. The idea is that doctors can create different patterns and tests to help monitor things like tuberculosis treatment, blood sugar levels, and viral infections. Watch the video below to see the life-saving legos in action! 

France has an alien invasion in their gardens

With a little help from citizen scientists, French researchers have found that there is an invasion of alien worms in Parisians gardens. These flatworms are pretty gnarly and can grow up to a foot long. Read the article above to learn more about the discovery and why you might not want these wriggly creatures as backyard pets.  

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