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Conociendo Tu Cuerpo - Know Your Body - Hispanic Community Science Education Project

Grant Website

http://www.celebralaciencia.org

Audience

Hispanic children and families

Subjects Addressed

Informal science and health education

Project Description

Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) combines the power of media with the immediate engagement of hands-on activities to bring science to the Hispanic community via local media outlets, community festivals, after-school programs and school events in order to educate Hispanic students and families about the human body, how it works, and how to pursue careers related to biomedical research and health.

The project is part of the Self Reliance Foundation's Celebra la Ciencia initiative, which has the mission of increasing the involvement of Hispanic students and families in informal science. The project includes hands-on exhibits; classroom and after-school workshops; informational resources on science, health, and biomedical research careers, and media outreach delivered by a coalition of organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, including Hispanic Communications Network, El Pregonero (Spanish-language newspaper), the Latin American, Youth Center Community Science Workshop, the National Zoo, Science Museum of Virginia, D.C. Asthma Coalition, National Aquarium, Hands-On Science Outreach, Discovery Creek Children's Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of Natural History. Project components include:

  1. 25 interactive exhibits and activities on the human body, including a take-apart human skeleton, models of the brain, quizzes on "fun facts" about the body, a balance beam, x-rays, visual illusions, puzzles and brainteasers, take-apart models of the human torso, heart, lungs, and other parts of the body, and many others
  2. "Sensational Science," a 20-minute interactive show on the five senses
  3. Information resources on health topics, healthy recipes, careers in biomedical research and health, and take-home activities
  4. A curriculum of enrichment activities provided to after-school programs and classrooms
  5. Educational radio segments in Spanish produced and disseminated nationally through SRF's media partner, Hispanic Communications Network
  6. An educational website (www.celebralaciencia.org) with resources for students, teachers, and parents
  7. A weekly Spanish-language Family Science Newspaper Page that includes a role model profile of a Latino scientist, a science activity to do at home, a calendar of local family science events, and an article advising parents on ways of getting their children more involved in science

Resources for Sharing

  1. Hands-on activities on how the body works
  2. Ideas for tabletop exhibits and activities for events
  3. Spanish-language radio programs on the human body, biomedical research, and related careers
  4. Electronic versions of the Spanish-language newspaper page that can be adapted for local publication
  5. Resource website listing science education resources (www.celebralaciencia.org)
  6. Listing on website as an educational resource

Dissemination Strategies

  1. National dissemination of educational radio programs and newspaper features
  2. Science festivals at community events
  3. Educational website

Abstract

The Self-Reliance Foundation (SRF) Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) Hispanic Community Health Sciences Education project is an initiative designed to introduce Hispanic students and families to biomedical science and health education resources, and increase their participation levels in these fields. The educational goals of the project are to:

  1. Encourage Hispanic undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedicine and science through a mentoring program at the university level
  2. Inspire an interest in biomedical science among Hispanic elementary-age students and parents through community outreach activities
  3. Inform Hispanic parents about biomedical science education standards and academic requirements for pursuing biomedical and science related careers
  4. Inform and inspire Hispanic students and their families about the biomedical sciences and related careers through a series of daily nationally broadcast Spanish-language radio capsules, and a nationally syndicated Spanish newspaper column

Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) includes several key components: A model, Washington, D.C., area coalition of informal science, health, community, education, and media organizations that will publicize and provide hands-on health science activities at community festivals and other community settings; Hispanic undergraduate student health-science fellows to be trained and provided experience in facilitating health science activities; and nationally broadcast Spanish-language radio capsules that will cover topics in areas of biomedicine, research, education, and health-science careers.

Parents and students will be able to access additional information about biomedical science opportunities and Hispanic role models in the biomedical sciences through the project's Conociendo Tu Cuerpo website and the bilingual 800 telephone help line promoted by 147 participating radio stations and 102 newspapers nationwide. The project will be supported at the national level through collaboration with the Hispanic Radio Network and the Pacific Science Center. The Washington, D.C., collaborative will include the Capital Children's Museum, local Spanish language radio stations, area universities, and health and community organizations. Development Associates, the largest American education and evaluation consulting corporation, will evaluate the project.

Evaluation(s)

Formative evaluation of the project focused on the appeal, relevance, and accessibility of radio programs and exhibits. Focus group results with adults indicate, overall, a very positive reception to the radio programs. Observations of exhibit usage indicate that the exhibits foster cooperative learning among peers and family. Self-report surveys indicate that participants learn from the exhibits and are motivated to visit museums and access other informal learning resources.

Impact evaluation includes:

  1. Focus groups to determine the appeal, relevance, and educational impact of educational radio programs
  2. Observations of students and surveys of teachers to determine the educational impact of outreach exhibits and workshops

Conociendo Tu Cuerpo - Know Your Body - Hispanic Community Science Education Project /grants/conociendo-tu-cuerpo-know-your-body-hispanic-community-science-education-project 142 R25RR018481 1 1 DC 2003 09/30/2003 09/29/2006 Self Reliance Foundation 1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20004 PI RUSSELL ROBERT PhD (202) 360-4131 bob@hrn.org OTHER CONTACT FUENTES LIZA liza@hrn.org http://www.celebralaciencia.org http://www.celebralaciencia.org

Hispanic children and families

Informal science and health education

Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) combines the power of media with the immediate engagement of hands-on activities to bring science to the Hispanic community via local media outlets, community festivals, after-school programs and school events in order to educate Hispanic students and families about the human body, how it works, and how to pursue careers related to biomedical research and health.

The project is part of the Self Reliance Foundation's Celebra la Ciencia initiative, which has the mission of increasing the involvement of Hispanic students and families in informal science. The project includes hands-on exhibits; classroom and after-school workshops; informational resources on science, health, and biomedical research careers, and media outreach delivered by a coalition of organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, including Hispanic Communications Network, El Pregonero (Spanish-language newspaper), the Latin American, Youth Center Community Science Workshop, the National Zoo, Science Museum of Virginia, D.C. Asthma Coalition, National Aquarium, Hands-On Science Outreach, Discovery Creek Children's Museum, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of Natural History. Project components include:

  1. 25 interactive exhibits and activities on the human body, including a take-apart human skeleton, models of the brain, quizzes on "fun facts" about the body, a balance beam, x-rays, visual illusions, puzzles and brainteasers, take-apart models of the human torso, heart, lungs, and other parts of the body, and many others
  2. "Sensational Science," a 20-minute interactive show on the five senses
  3. Information resources on health topics, healthy recipes, careers in biomedical research and health, and take-home activities
  4. A curriculum of enrichment activities provided to after-school programs and classrooms
  5. Educational radio segments in Spanish produced and disseminated nationally through SRF's media partner, Hispanic Communications Network
  6. An educational website (www.celebralaciencia.org) with resources for students, teachers, and parents
  7. A weekly Spanish-language Family Science Newspaper Page that includes a role model profile of a Latino scientist, a science activity to do at home, a calendar of local family science events, and an article advising parents on ways of getting their children more involved in science
  1. Hands-on activities on how the body works
  2. Ideas for tabletop exhibits and activities for events
  3. Spanish-language radio programs on the human body, biomedical research, and related careers
  4. Electronic versions of the Spanish-language newspaper page that can be adapted for local publication
  5. Resource website listing science education resources (www.celebralaciencia.org)
  6. Listing on website as an educational resource
  1. National dissemination of educational radio programs and newspaper features
  2. Science festivals at community events
  3. Educational website

The Self-Reliance Foundation (SRF) Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) Hispanic Community Health Sciences Education project is an initiative designed to introduce Hispanic students and families to biomedical science and health education resources, and increase their participation levels in these fields. The educational goals of the project are to:

  1. Encourage Hispanic undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedicine and science through a mentoring program at the university level
  2. Inspire an interest in biomedical science among Hispanic elementary-age students and parents through community outreach activities
  3. Inform Hispanic parents about biomedical science education standards and academic requirements for pursuing biomedical and science related careers
  4. Inform and inspire Hispanic students and their families about the biomedical sciences and related careers through a series of daily nationally broadcast Spanish-language radio capsules, and a nationally syndicated Spanish newspaper column

Conociendo Tu Cuerpo (Know Your Body) includes several key components: A model, Washington, D.C., area coalition of informal science, health, community, education, and media organizations that will publicize and provide hands-on health science activities at community festivals and other community settings; Hispanic undergraduate student health-science fellows to be trained and provided experience in facilitating health science activities; and nationally broadcast Spanish-language radio capsules that will cover topics in areas of biomedicine, research, education, and health-science careers.

Parents and students will be able to access additional information about biomedical science opportunities and Hispanic role models in the biomedical sciences through the project's Conociendo Tu Cuerpo website and the bilingual 800 telephone help line promoted by 147 participating radio stations and 102 newspapers nationwide. The project will be supported at the national level through collaboration with the Hispanic Radio Network and the Pacific Science Center. The Washington, D.C., collaborative will include the Capital Children's Museum, local Spanish language radio stations, area universities, and health and community organizations. Development Associates, the largest American education and evaluation consulting corporation, will evaluate the project.

This information was gathered at the 2008 SEPA Project Directors Meeting.

Formative evaluation of the project focused on the appeal, relevance, and accessibility of radio programs and exhibits. Focus group results with adults indicate, overall, a very positive reception to the radio programs. Observations of exhibit usage indicate that the exhibits foster cooperative learning among peers and family. Self-report surveys indicate that participants learn from the exhibits and are motivated to visit museums and access other informal learning resources.

Impact evaluation includes:

  1. Focus groups to determine the appeal, relevance, and educational impact of educational radio programs
  2. Observations of students and surveys of teachers to determine the educational impact of outreach exhibits and workshops

outreach; radio; newspapers; Spanish; Hispanic; Latino; exhibits; biomedical careers; internships