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The Health Museum CHISPA Family Science Event April 1, 2015

The Health Museum CHISPA Family Science Event

On March 25, 2015 CHISPA partners in Houston Texas, The Health Museum and Diversity Roots and Wings (D.R.A.W.) Academy celebrated their Family Science event. The CHISPA project provides amazing opportunities for multi-generational and inter-generational out-of-school time learning experiences for children and their families.

Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of The Health Museum welcomed the families to the event and Mr. Gonzalo Perez, DeBakey Cell Lab Educator provided an overview of the evening. Mr. Jose L. Rodriguez, representing the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), provided the families and the Museum staff with a brief overview of the CHISPA program. NCLR works with D.R.A.W. Academy to build stronger communities and increase the engagement of Hispanic children and their families with science and local science resources.

The families had an opportunity to explore the entire Museum, including various exhibits and the 3D movie Planet You!. In a special preview of the DeBakey Cell Lab, families were able to enjoy seven new authentic biology-based science experiments. The DeBakey Cell Lab is a 2,000 square foot exhibit featuring seven authentic biology-based science experiments that have been developed for visitors from ages 7 to adult. From cheek cell analysis, ideal from young visitors, to DNA extraction for budding scientists, there was a fascinating experience awaiting all. The DeBakey Cell Lab is the only bilingual science lab museum exhibit in the country which made it ideal for the CHISPA families from D.R.A.W. Academy.

In the lab, children donned a lab coat, gloves and goggles where they performed cheek cell analysis and extracted DNA from wheat germ. The DeBakey Cell Lab is the only bilingual science lab museum exhibit in the country, which made it an ideal experience for the CHISPA families from D.R.A.W. Academy.

Several parents had never been to a museum, so this was a great opportunity for them to learn about science with their children. Many parents stated that they would make it a point to visit the Museum now that they know that the information is available to them in Spanish.

 

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families<br /> CHISPA Afterschool Program March 24, 2015

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
CHISPA Afterschool Program

Children in the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families CHISPA afterschool program in the Bronx, New York investigate the properties of sound.


Children investigate how salt crystals on the plastic plates move due to the vibrations caused by they sounds they make into the cardboard tubes.

 

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families<br />Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA March 24, 2015

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA

Parents in the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families Padres Comprometidos con CHISPA parent engagement program learn about how sound travels through a piece of string and the sound is amplified by the cups. Through this science activity parents learn about the importance of positive communication with their children.

 

Science City CHISPA Family Science Night March 6, 2015

Science City CHISPA Family Science Night

On Friday March 6, 2015, Kansas City's Science City at Union Station welcomed the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. to its first CHISPA Family Science Night. Thank you to all helpers and attendees.

 

APEX Science in Action February 13, 2015

APEX Science in Action

The children participating in the after school CHISPA program at Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York City use oil covered feathers to investigate an example of a challenge created when the needs of human populations place the natural environment at risk.

A teacher at Building Skills Partnerships in Los Angeles, California explains the APEX lesson to the students in the CHISPA after school program.

Can crude oil be removed from a feather? The children at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council in Chicago, IL. explore how oil spills caused by human activity can harm wildlife.

Birds of A Feather: Children in the after school CHISPA program at Youth Development Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico explore why the structure of a bird's feather has a lot to do with its function. The children determined that some feathers are used for flight, others are used to keep the bird warm.

The children at Diversity Roots and Wings (D.R.A.W.) Academy in Houston , Texas investigate how to use simple building materials to make structures that can withstand a simulated earthquake. This inquiry into building design helps children experience the importance of learning from unsuccessful models, as a way of achieving a successful design.

A student at Committee for Hispanic Children and Families in New York City is proud of what she has learned about birds during the CHISPA after school program.

 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), under Grant No. DRL-1323516. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.