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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

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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