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  "Being Me" -- A program where kids are encouraged to play with mucus!
March 21, 2011

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    Have you ever had the chance to blow up a pig lung or look at the sections of a sheep’s brain?
  • Were you ever allowed to play with mucus or blow bubbles at school?
  • Ever wondered how much sugar is in a soda or how much salt there is in French fries?

The scientists and educators at Being Me – want you to play with this stuff, and they think you may learn a little bit about science, math, health, and medicine in the process!

Being Me is a five year grant funded initiative at Children’s National.  The program is a collaborative effort between Children’s National, the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, and the National Children’s Museum.  

Our goal is to get kids excited about science. We are developing a curriculum that includes art-based and hands-on learning for students, parents, and teachers.

Being Me covers five core health topics:
  • Asthma
  • Sleep
  • Obesity
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Injury Prevention

Today, Being Me is developing, implementing and evaluating the curriculum in three area schools; one in Prince George’s County and two in the District of Columbia.  Science teachers and their students are testing the materials and lessons in school, and have the opportunity to participate in family learning events and a special invitation-only science camp we call Dr. Bear’s Cubs Summer Science Experience.  Participating teachers attend Dr. Bear’s Summer Training Institute.

Family Learning Events – Twice a year, Being Me will host an after school activity for participating schools presenting hands-on, interactive science exhibits provided by the National Children’s Museum.

Dr. Bear’s Cubs Summer Science Experience – For one week each summer, participating students attend a science camp hosted at Children’s National Medical Center.  Campers meet doctors, nurses, researchers and work with students and high school volunteers on fun and exciting science projects.

Dr. Bear’s Summer Training Institute – Teachers at partner schools attend a one week institute working directly with George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development staff as well as Children’s National staff to facilitate and support delivery of the curriculum.

Being Me is a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The grant is given to various organizations to advance knowledge of medical science and clinical research among the general public, including children.

For more information about Being Me, please contact Camilla Colvin.

Click here to watch a news story on the summer camp.