Children’s National Medical Center among Featured Exhibitors at USA Science & Engineering Festival May 04, 2012

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center took part this past weekend in the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, the nation's largest celebration to foster excitement about science and engineering. Over the course of three days, Children’s National engaged more than 9,000 visitors in learning about the human body through art-focused activities and hands-on learning about topics including asthma, obesity, bullying, bone health, and surgery. As part of a commitment to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, referred to as STEM education, the Children’s National booth provided hands-on activities in three different areas. Children pretended they were doctors and:

  • Performed minimally invasive surgery inside a life-sized dummy, using robots
  • Learned about the respiratory system, looking at lungs in “action,” and the role mucus plays in asthma. They made a colorful crown to serve as a daily reminder about the benefits of a colorful and balanced diet.
  • Learned about building the best possible skeleton, repairing developmental problems and injuries using new technologies, and how to measure the strength of bones

The Children’s National booth was a partnership between the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s Research Institute, the Bone Health Program, and the “Being Me” project, which is a collaboration between Children’s National, the National Children’s Museum and The George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health.

The USA Science & Engineering Festival is the country’s only national science festival, and was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science.
Contact: Emily Hartman or Jenn Stinebiser at 202-476-4500


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Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is Magnet® designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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