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Family Events

Family Health and Science Festivals: A Family Health and Science Festival was developed and presented at Children’s Hospital Oakland, the Hall of Health, and many schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These events, which consisted of activity stations, targeted K-5 students and their families to introduce them to the SEEK curriculum health issues in a venue where families could have fun learning together.

Instructions for the festival have been published as a book: Family Health and Science Festival: A SEEK Event. To purchase the book, click here.

To download the book as a PDF, click here: Family Festival Book.

Some festival stations duplicate SEEK classroom activities and demonstrations, while others cover the unit themes with new activities. Children receive paper passports, so that they can keep track of their progress through the activity stations. At each station, the child collects a sticker, and if all of the stickers are collected, the child can redeem the passport for a prize. A family festival typically features 8 to 15 of the following stations:

  1. Organs of the Human Body: Visitors assemble and disassemble a plastic torso with removable organs.
  2. Sugar and Fiber: Visitors sort cereal boxes or beverage bottles in order of the most to least fiber or sugar.
  3. Energy Balance: Using pennies or poker chips to represent calories, visitors use a balance scale to balance their daily caloric intake with their daily energy use.
  4. Serving Sizes: Visitors match plastic foods with household objects—such as lightbulbs, checkbooks, and playing cards—that illustrate appropriate serving sizes.
  5. Amazing Broncholis: Families use LeapFrog QuantamPads to listen to an informative story about a young boy with asthma and his methods of staying healthy.
  6. Test Your Lungs: Visitors use peak flow meters to explore concepts related to lung function and asthma.
  7. Pig Lungs: Visitors watch a demonstration of a real pig lung that inflates and deflates, and they identify the parts of the respiratory system.
  8. Diagnosing Diabetes: Visitors test fake urine samples with test strips to determine whether the pretend patient, Andy, has diabetes.
  9. Your Brain: Visitors examine a brain model, test their own reaction time, make pipe cleaner neurons, and take a quiz to determine whether they are right-brained or left-brained.
  10. Heart Map: An 8-ft x 12-ft canvas diagram shows how blood flows to and from the heart. Visitors can walk through the diagram, picking up and dropping off oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  11. Blood Pressure: Visitors learn the significance of blood pressure, in addition to learning to take blood pressure themselves.
  12. Your Traits and Talents: Visitors look at a list of traits and try to guess which are inherited and which are learned.
  13. Potato Head Genetics: To learn about genetics, visitors flip coins to determine if the Mr. Potato Head they are building gets the dominant or recessive trait.
  14. Your Cells: Using hand-held microscopes, visitors view cells from various tissues (blood, skin, liver, etc.).
  15. Nontoxic Cleaners: Visitors create a nontoxic cleaner containing such ingredients as lemon juice, vinegar, and salt, and then test its efficacy by using it to wipe up vegetable oil.
  16. Germs Around Us: Visitors touch household objects sprinkled with GlitterBug powder, then place their hands under a black light to see the “germs” on their hands.
  17. Washing Your Hands: Visitors time themselves washing their hands and then look at diagrams detailing the efficacy of washing hands for 10, 20, and 30 seconds.
  18. Healthy Snacks: Visitors sample such healthy snacks as apples, oranges, raisins, grapes, carrots, celery, and nuts.
  19. Go Fish: Visitors “go fishing.” A chart detailing the mercury level of various fish helps participants decide whether they should throw the “fish” back or keep it for eating.

Revised: Friday, March 23, 2012 4:43 PM

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