Scientists for Tomorrow would like to thank our Community members for their participation in the fall 2014 Family Science Day. Over 200 members from 11 community-based organizations participating in the National Science Foundation (NSF), Informal Science Education (ISE) NSF-ISE Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT) program, participated.
The event organized by SfT staff with the collaboration of the Museum of Science and Industry did a fantastic job planning the exhibits and workshops for the event. To begin the event, participants were welcomed by Marcelo Caplan and Jeff Spitz who is the Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema Art and Science at Columbia College Chicago, Emmy- winner and Co-Founder of Groundswell Educational Film. Jeff opened the event by teaching participants of new ways to eating healthy, and showed a clip from his documentary film-Food Patriots.
Participants had the chance to learn about the human body and visit the Human Anatomy exhibit to see real human organs. Moreover, parents and children had the opportunity to visit the Onmimax Theatre to watch “DDay: Normandy 1944,” which covers the events that unfolded during one of the most important operations throughout the Second World War.
Additionally, attendees visited the MSI special event “Science Works,” where they had a chance to meet and ask questions to professionals from many companies, such as General Electric, American Chemical Society (ACS) and other STEM institutions to learn about various STEM career related fields. In the Make and Take sessions, all the participants explored and built an LED Night Light to take home.
For the closing Daniela Cortes and Filip Zadro, SfT staff instructors, performed a play to further incorporate science concepts taught throughout the module. The theatre play infused with Science became a hit, as youth joined the instructors on stage to model the flow of electricity and usage of renewable and non-renewable energy.
Scientists for Tomorrow would like to thank the following community organizations who participated in the event: Center for College Access and Success/GEAR UP, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Center for Community Arts (CCAP), YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Second Baptist Church-GEMS, Three Rivers Public Library District, After School Matters and Boys and Girls Club.