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  Children’s National Medical Center among Featured Exhibitors at USA Science & Engineering Festival
May 4, 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.

Children's National Bone Health Program

As part of its commitment to STEM education, staff from Children’s National Bone Health Program talked to attendees about bone health with the help of the following partners: Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Perry Initiative, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Smith & Nephew, Stryker Corporation, Hologic, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Best Bones Forever Program).
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.

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Contact: Emily Hartman or Jenn Stinebiser at 202-476-4500


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About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.