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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People and Plants—Knowing our ecosystem

At Scientist for Tomorrow, we assess ourselves by measuring the success and impact we have on the community. We motivate ourselves to create a community of innovation and curiosity. Most importantly, we pride ourselves when make a difference, connect students to all that revolves around science and change their lives.
I believe humans are born scientists. As infants we start exploring our world, experimenting with objects, and learning about the mechanics of life. Soon after we mature, the mind of a scientists erodes because of some external influence that says “You can’t do that, you are not smart enough.” The dreams of many children are quickly destroyed and lose interest with science. Majority of the children grow up to be disconnected from the planet and everything that revolves around science. We, as humanity, must do our best to learn about the planet Earth. What best way to start with People and Plants! Our mission with this project is to bring that curiosity back, and connect them closer to Earth.
People and Plants will connect students to learn about our planet’s ecosystem by exposing them knowledgeably, to atmospheric activity, biodiversity and natural resources. Ultimately drawing a big picture and helping students understand that everything in this world is connected; one action–being harmful or good– will have an effect on the planet’s environments. We hope that this project will change the students way of thinking, so when they grow up and become adults, they will take more care of the planet Earth.
Ignacio Mendez

Happy Holidays!!

Scientists for Tomorrow  would like to wish you a happy holiday season.

Thank you for all for your appreciation and support to the project. For the last three years, Scientists for Tomorrow has been growing their community partners to offer unique STEM programming across Chicago and suburban communities. Thank you and may the magic of science this holiday season remain with you throughout 2014.

Here is a great book to read this holiday season by Roger Highfield, The Physics of Christmas.

Happy Holidays!!!

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