Since its launch in 2009, the Science Adventure Lab, Seattle Children’s mobile science lab, has provided innovative, authentic hands-on science experiences to more than 20,000 students at 135 schools across Washington state.
Engaging Families to Enhance Science Learning and Interest in STEM Careers includes a novel inquiry-based curriculum for students and structured activities for families in the community and at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Schools participating in the project receive the following:
Activities for Students
- Students in grade four complete two novel, inquiry-based curriculum modules on board the mobile laboratory.
- Curriculum modules address the cardiovascular system and neuroscience.
- Cardiovascular Module: Students measure their vital signs, learn the relevance to health, and use a patient simulator to see the interdependence of these key indicators.
- Neuroscience Module: Students learn how neurons communicate using electricity, test the electrical activity of muscles (EMG) and learn about brain injuries.
Activities for Families
- Family Science Night at the school. Families complete an activity on the Science Adventure Lab together with their child and receive resources about STEM career pathways.
- Family Science Day at Seattle Children’s Research Institute includes follow-up, hands-on activities that build on the skills and knowledge developed during Family Science Night, a tour of the facility and the opportunity to interact with scientists and other STEM professionals.
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Made Possible By
The Engaging Families to Enhance Science Learning and Interest in STEM Careers project is made possible by Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).