The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s philanthropy project was a big success – raising more the $12,000 to support transdisciplinary education at Lexington’s Rise STEM Academy for Girls. The academy utilized the funds to purchase two sets of bicycles to provide scholars with a multitude of learning opportunities. 

In addition to providing physical activity, the program will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the bike’s mechanics and how to repair it. “Giving our scholars opportunities to learn to ride a bike will produce a community of learners that appreciates sustainable transportation,” said Jennifer Jacobs, program director. “I am personally grateful for the contribution of each and every member of this community and am so excited by the opportunity we have in this shared experience.” 

The bikes will remain on campus and are available during physical education classes as well as recess.  “I am very proud that our department chose to support this project," said Bryan Rone, MD, acting chair and associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. “The Rise STEM Academy for Girls is a natural fit to our department’s mission of women’s health and education. This local academy program provides a group of diverse young scholars a unique learning environment with emphasis on STEM subjects. I have no doubt that some of these scholars will lead scientific progress in the health sciences and medicine in the future. I look forward to continuing the collaboration between our department and this program.”   

Scholars will learn basic bicycle maintenance such as adjusting brakes, reseating the chain, and changing out tires - providing them with the necessary skills to use their bicycles frequently.