Fiesta Familiar 2014- Summary Report

Fiesta Familiar 2014- Summary Report
Chicago – Hoy hosted their 2nd annual Fiesta Familiar 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo, drawing hundreds of families to explore activities integrating arts, music, science and gardening. The event held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, featured special performances by Mexican Telenovela actor Carlos Espejel and the Mexican Folklore Dance Company of Chicago.

Community Organizations sponsoring the festival presented various activities in one of the five pavilions:
–       In the Arts & Crafts pavilion, organizations featured a coloring contest, building and decorating a paper carousel, a Don Quixote coloring activity, as well as the making of a superhero cape.
–       The Health & Nutrition pavilion had many games for families of all ages as well as free health screenings. Games included bag toss, Mexican bingo (lotería) game, building blocks and spin-the-wheel contests.
–       The Home & Gardening pavilion, was informative as staff members taught families about animal habitats, flower bed gardening, including a Fun “Moolah” activity.
–       The Music & Entertainment pavilion, which was held outdoors, had a main stage which showcased special guest appearances, dance groups, clowns and much more.
–       The Science & Technology Pavilion located in the Kovler Lion House had a special event held by Mad Science Chicago who taught activities such as Dry Ice Capades, Fundamental Forces and Sonic Sounds. Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT) participated in the event by hosting six exciting hands-on activities throughout the day taught by Marcelo Caplan, Associate Professor in the Science and Math Department at Columbia College Chicago.

In the Scientists for Tomorrow workshop, the first three sets of workshops were the Go Go Gadget Light where participants explored the concepts of energy and conduction of electricity. There were 20 participants in each workshop; six by members from the Boys Scouts and Cubs Scouts of America. The enjoyment of the activities was personified by the participant’s emotions and feedback. One of the boys scouts mother said she heard great things about the Scientists for Tomorrow workshop last year, so she brought her sons this year to participate in the myriad activities offered by the program. To her and many other families, the activities created a bonding opportunity. We saw parents and children working together, children teaching parents, and parents teaching children. Both parties felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment because the Go Go Gadget Light was a difficult concept for participants with no background knowledge. Their reactions were a testament to the success of the Scientists for Tomorrow program.

In the afternoon many families lined up to make their own Balloon Powered Kart which introduced the basic ideas of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Before starting, all the chairs were filled with children waiting to see Newton’s Third Law of Motion in action. The variety of colors attracted the gaze of many people passing by. During the explanation of the Third Law, Marcelo, with a red face, pumped carbon dioxide into the balloon until it expanded beyond his field of vision. With great excitement, the audience cheered as Marcelo unleashed the mighty force of its balloon. The end result–the balloon zigzagging through the air–lifting the mood of the audience. This made the Balloon Powered Kart an enjoyable activity. Throughout the day, Scientists for Tomorrow had over 200 participants who left home with either a Balloon Kart or Gadget Light.

Fiesta Familiar is the largest Hispanic event in the Midwest, drawing thousands of participants each year to celebrate cultural activities and performances in different Pavilions throughout the Zoo. For more information visit www.fiestafamiliar.com

 

Diversion en el Zoológico Lincoln Park—Fiesta Familiar 2014
Chicago – El periódico Hoy celebró su segundo evento, Fiesta Familiar 2014, en el zoológico, Lincoln Park Zoo, trayendo cientos de familias a explorar actividades en las artes plásticas, música, ciencia y jardinería. El evento tuvo lugar el sábado 27 de Septiembre de 2014, y contó con las actuaciones especiales de el actor de Telenovelas mexicanas, Carlos Espejel y la compañía de la danza folklórica mexicana de Chicago.

Las organizaciones comunitarias que patrocinaron el evento presentaron varias actividades en uno de los cinco pabellones:

En el pabellón de Las Artes Plásticas, varias organizaciones presentaron varias actividades: un concurso donde los participantes construyeron un carrusel de papel y luego lo decoraron, actividades en el tema de Don Quijote y otro grupo diseñaba capas de superhéroes.
El pabellón de Nutrición y Salud tenía muchos juegos para las familias y sus miembros de todas las edades. El pabellón tenía un área reservada para exámenes de salud gratuito.El pabellón de la Casa & Jardinería, funcionarios enseñaron a las familias sobre diferentes hábitats, actividades básicas de jardinería urbana y más.
El pabellón de Entretenimiento y Música tuvo un escenario principal que mostró apariciones especiales, grupos de danza, payasos y mucho más.

Situado en la casa de León Kovler del zoológico, estuvo el pabellón de Ciencia y Tecnología donde dos organizaciones Mad Science de Chicago y Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT) de Columbia College Chicago presentaron diversas actividades en Ciencia y Tecnología para toda la familia. Mad Science enseñó actividades en relación con el hielo seco, fuerzas fundamentales de la naturaleza y sonidos.. Los científicos para mañana, presentaron seis emocionantes talleres prácticas durante todo el día dirigido por Marcelo Caplan, profesor asociado del Departamento de Ciencias y Matemáticas del colegio Columbia College Chicago.

En los tres primeros talleres que presentó SfT, los participantes exploraron los conceptos de energía, electricidad y como la electricidad circula en un conductor. Cada taller incluyo más de 20 participantes.En uno de los talleres participaron seis miembros de los Boys Scout y cachorros de América. Las actividades fueron personificados por emociones y retroalimentación de los participantes. Uno de los miembros de Boys Scouts trajo a su mama. La madre dijo que escuchó grandes cosas acerca de SfT el año pasado, así que ella trajo a sus hijos este año para participar en el taller. Como en este caso y entre muchas otras familias, las actividades presentadas por SfT abrieron una oportunidad para que padres y los niños trabajen y aprendan juntos. Los niños enseñaban a los padres y los padres enseñaban a los niños. Ambas partes sentían una sensación abrumadora de logro cuando finalizaba la construcción de su propio “Conductometro”, un aparato para medir que materiales conducen electricidad y cuales no, y con el probaban distintos materiales a su alrededor.

En las tarde muchas familias se alinearon para hacer su propio carrito impulsado con un globo, “Balloon Powered Kart” que introdujo las ideas básicas de la tercera ley de Newton. Antes de empezar, todas las sillas estaban llenas de niños esperando para construir su carrito. La variedad de colores de los globos atrajo a la mirada de muchas personas que pasaban. Durante la explicación de la tercera ley, Marcelo, con una cara roja, infló el globo hasta que se expandió más allá de su campo de visión. Con una gran emoción, el público aplaudió a Marcelo mientras que desataba la fuerza poderosa de su globo. El resultado final–el globo zigzagueando a través del aire– Luego los participantes se pusieron manos a la obra!!!, Cortaron maderas, construyeron el chassis del carrito,, le pusieron las ruedas, le montaron el globo propulsor lo inflaron y los carritos comenzaron a andar!!!

Durante todo el día SfT condujo 6 talleres en los cuales más de 200 participantes se llevaron a la casa una inolvidable experiencia, aprender ciencia y tecnología con la familia y también el producto de su trabajo: un “Conductometro” o un Carrito propulsado por un globo. Pero lo mas importante, es la experiencia: toda la familia trabajando y aprendiendo juntos!!!.

PDF. Fiesta Familiar 2014 Report in English
PDF. Fiesta Familiar 2014 Report in Spanish

 

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Join Us Saturday, September 27, 2014

FiestaFamiliar2014HOY is once again hosting Fiesta Familiar 2014 at Lincoln Park Zoo, Saturday, September 27, 2014. The event is one of the largest family events in the Midwest, which brought more than 20,000 participants at last years event. For 2014, they expect more families to come together to work at the pavilions to learn Arts & Crafts; Health & Nutrition; Home & Gardening; Music & Entertainment; and Science & Technology.
Scientists for Tomorrow (SfT), was invited again to host a workshop in the Science & Technology pavilion. This year SfT will be doing two activities for the participants, the Balloon Powered Cart and Go, Go, Gadget.  The event is free and will begin at 10:00am until 5:00pm. For more information please visit www.fiestafamiliar.com

Driving
The entrance is located at Fullerton Parkway and Cannon Drive (2400 N. Cannon Dr, Chicago IL 60614). Parking fee applies.Buses 
#151 and #156 stop at the zoo’s West Gate (Stockton & Webster) and near the Farm-in-the-Zoo (Stockton & Armitage)
#22 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster) and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage) 
#36 stops near the zoo’s West Gate (exit at Clark & Webster) and Café Brauer Gate (exit at Clark & Armitage)

Trains 
The Brown line and Purple line stop at the Armitage station, which is about one mile west of the zoo. Exit and walk east on Armitage, past Clark, to the Café Brauer Gate.
Cabs 
Cab fare from downtown Chicago to Lincoln Park Zoo is about $10. Enter at the Café Brauer Gate or West Gate.
Bicycle Racks
Bicycle racks are located near the East Gate, West Gate, Café Brauer and Lincoln Park Conservatory with additional racks along Cannon Drive and Stockton Drive.

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Thank you to those that attended the Community Partners Meeting

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The Community Partners meeting held at Columbia College Chicago, on August 29, 2014, ended with 30 community leaders and staff participating on site and live streaming, to New York and California, to discuss important changes administered this year in the program.

In efforts to integrate the STEM modules in the communities, SfT staff discuss the requirements needed to implement the program in the fall. Each site participant will need to be responsible for recruiting at least 15 participants ranging from 6th through 8th grade. In addition the sites will be responsible for the materials and instructional costs.
To Fall participant sites, the instructors will attend two Professional Developments (PD): Part 1 and Part 2 of Alternative Energy. Materials and Tools will need to be picked up and dropped off  by the coordinator or instructor at Columbia College Chicago.  NOTE: Materials will be available to pick up the day of the first PD.

Addressing the issue on program evaluation, the report last year confirms that SfT had over 222 youths who completed three modules. In the course of three years, over 100 youth participated in at least four SfT modules. The evaluator said, “In spite of the unforeseen challenges in implementation and coordination, the passion this group has exhibited toward all facets of this program, and all parties involved with the community centers, in specific, is readily evident in the comments made by center coordinators when they are asked about the program. Further, the positive experience that community center directors appear to be having with the Scientists for Tomorrow staff, and their excitement about their experiences in the program are both essential steps to the incorporation of STEM activities like this into regular community center programming.”

For the mini group session, five groups of four-six participants deliberated on common problems when engaging parent participation in the SfT events in particular, and in their centers in general.

Important Notes from the Parent Engagement mini session:

  • Call the parents and meet with them personally to discuss the program.
  • Make a mandatory parent/student orientation to show and present Scientists for Tomorrow to the community.  
  • Find out important events that the parents will attend (report card day pick up, program fair and parent/teacher meetings) to discuss program.
  • Send to SfT staff pictures of your teens and their parents so we can post them in the SfT site, then show the participants and their parents the Scientists for Tomorrow website and social media.
  • Recruit and ask the parents to volunteer to work with you and learn by attending the class sessions.
  • Attend one of the parents morning workshops (Zumba, English, Computer class, etc..) and invite them to the events and discuss the program with them


Promote the establishment of a Scientists for Tomorrow parents group that meets once a month to do a STEM workshop for parents – Marcelo will support academically this initiative

  • Get involved in community events and invite them (church, events, media, etc.) to others SfT events.
  • Tell the participants and put in the permission slips that the participants have to bring one parent/guardian/adult or they cannot attend Family Science Day event.
  • Talk to the parents standing outside waiting for their kids before or after class finishes.
  • Have a SAVE THE DATE flyer and give this flyer TO THE PARENTS – You have the dates in advance for the trips. Do not wait until the last week
  • Put Family Science Day events in the school’s calendar or local media.
  • Email the teachers and parents the flyer.
  • Do a Phone Blast or Robocalls
  • Make an announcement about Family Science Days and the program before the school day finishes.

Thus far, 16 community sites will be implementing the Alternative Energies module in the Fall 2014. The module is very hands-on oriented where participants will learn about solar energy and design their own solar powered cart using the photovoltaic array that they built. We are running two more modules in a pilot mode. We will have one site running Robotics, and another site running Astronomy taught by a Columbia College Chicago professor.

As we said above, it is important to remember that Community Leaders and staff will need to have a start date available to begin the implementation of the module and communicate it to SfT coordination as soon as possible. All instructors teaching the Fall modules need to attend both Professional Developments. Toolbox and material pick up will need to be schedule with an SfT staff for pick up time at Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Ave, Room 600N.

Lesson Plans, Video Tutorials, Pre-test, Consent Forms and any other forms will be accessible online at www.scientistsfortomorrow.org under the registered user. Only sites participating in the Fall will have access to the Registered User site.

Important Dates:

Event Date
Professional Development: Alternative Energy Part 1 09/20/2014
Professional Development: Alternative Energy Part 2 10/25/2014
Professional Development: Physics of Sound and Mathematics of Music Part 1 01/17/2015
Professional Development: Physics of Sound and Mathematics of Music Part 2 02/21/2015

 

Family Science DayMuseum of Science and Industry (MSI) December 6, 2014
Family Science DayTBA at the Field Museum March 2015
Family Science Day
5th Annual STEAM Conference
May 2, 2015
Family Science Day
Peggy Noertbaurt Nature Museum
May 23, 2015

For more information about SfT’s STEM initiative visit www.scientistsfortomorrow.org