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.
Scientists for Tomorrow in collaboration with Food Patriots, is offering an opportunity for your community organizations to have their sites learn about food choices and be featured in the media. This Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Family Science Day, Emmy award winner, Jeff Spitz will join us to talk about the Food Patriot project.
Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform into Food Patriots. This film features inspiring stories about ordinary people who are changing the way consumers think about food for the better.
Concerned over the long-term health threats to young people today, many parents and teachers realized that food habits start with the young and are hard to change. The Food Patriots film and education program in collaboration with Scientists For Tomorrow aims to inspire a young generation of eaters to make better food choices and to engage their parents and communities in conversations about healthier food choices. Food Patriots offers a practical approach and culturally relevant solutions to eating better and saving money. This is a tool for any community centers that wants to start this conversation.
If your community sites would like to be part of the Food Patriot project please contact email@example.com
To learn more about Food Patriots visit www.foodpatriots.com
The meeting will:
– provide diverse perspectives on the facilitation of SfT programs at the sites.
– introduce new organizations and staff leaders to SfT partner members
– discuss the planning process for improvements on recruitment, retention, community engagement, training and technical support.
If you are interested in attending the meeting please contact Evelyn at eoropeza@colum.
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