Senses and ScienceAbility 2018 Programs and Activities

Thank you for your interest in Senses and ScienceAbility: A Day of Immersion in Arts & Sciences Explorations, presented by Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Taubman Museum of Art and Wells Fargo.

Our objectives for Senses and ScienceAbility: A Day of Immersion in Arts and Sciences 2018:

  • celebrate science
  • promote inquiry through structured and unstructured scientific and creative events
  • educate the community we serve about health and wellness
  • provide opportunities to the public to learn about and engage in the research process
  • market Jefferson College as a member of the collegiate community, a member of the Roanoke-area community, and the college of choice for a healthcare career

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is pleased to be able to offer our SECOND ANNUAL Senses and ScienceAbility Arts and Sciences Festival to our community. This FREE event will offer a variety of science, health, and wellness events and activities. Faculty, staff, and students throughout our college will provide their time and expertise during the day. Our local public libraries are again working with us.

NEW this year is that the College is partnering with the Taubman Museum. We are excited to be bookending downtown Roanoke with science-themed activities for all ages.

We appreciate Wells Fargo for their support of the 2018 Arts and Science Festival.

Please review our list of activities. As we are still planning, this list is subject to change!

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Senses and ScienceAbility 2018 Programs and Activities

Title Taubman Museum
Age All
Time Ongoing
Description
The Jefferson College Senses and ScienceAbility Arts and Sciences Festival is partnering with The Taubman Museum. We will have events that will complement each other. The museum will have free exhibits. The College will join the Museum in the atrium to host free activities. Visitors may also choose to enter Art Venture for additional science-themed activities. Art Venture costs $5.
Title Jefferson Activities at Taubman
Age All
Time Ongoing
Description
The Jefferson College Senses and ScienceAbility Arts and Sciences Festival is partnering with The Taubman Museum. We will have events that will complement each other. The museum will have free exhibits. The College will join the Museum in the atrium to host free activities.
Title Taubman Activity at Jefferson
Age All
Time Ongoing
Description
The Jefferson College Senses and ScienceAbility Arts and Sciences Festival is partnering with The Taubman Museum. We will have events that will complement each other. The museum will have free exhibits. The Museum will join the College to share free activities.
Title Butterflies and Flowers Sculpture
Age All
Time Ongoing
Description
Participants will be given a Connectagons butterfly or flower to place on an ever-changing sculpture in the Jefferson College lobby.  Butterflies and flowers will be given first to those who are pre-registered then to first-come first-served.
Title Polymers and Other Molecular Madness
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!!! Explore the feel of chemistry, materials, and reactions. Learners will make their own materials and perform their own chemical reactions in an immersive and amorphous learning environment with facilitators.
Title Bones
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description
Why are bones hard? Can bones bend? What do the insides of bones look like? Explore the make-up of bones and what happens inside them in this laboratory.  Skeletons of different animals will be on display. See X-rays of bones.
Title Little Hands
Age Pre-school
Time Open
Description
This is a “mini lab” designed for little hands. Little hands will color with red cabbage, dive into sensory water beads, and explore mystery boxes. They will use their magnifying glasses to look at butterflies, other insects, and plants.
Title Poet Tree
Age All
Time Open
Description
In the words of Kilmer, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree."  The Poet Tree gives visitors the chance to discover the joy of words. They can take home their favorite poem, or contribute their own ideas to a community poem. 
Title Chemistry Demos
Age All, supervised
Time Open
Description
Have you ever seen a flaming gummy bear? What gives fireworks their colors? Can hydrogen peroxide do more than clean your finger when you cut it? From time to time, we’ll share some demonstrations that will spark your imagination.
Title Bubbles
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description
Put yourself in a bubble!!! What shapes make the best bubble?
Title Light and Shadow
Age All
Time Open
Description
What is light? What are the colors of light? How do light and dark interact? What is the sparky light of lightening? What is ultraviolet radiation? Make UV bead bands. Learn what happens when our skin gets too much UV light. 
Title Make Some Noise
Age All
Time Open
Description
Big tubes and little tubes. Big frogs and little frogs. Come make some noise!
Title DNA
Age Elementary and up
Time Open
Description
Extract your own DNA and take it home! Make a DNA model to explore this important molecule inside you that makes you uniquely you.
Title Interactive Presentation—The Chemistry of Cooking
Age All
Time 10-10:30 a.m.; 11-11:30 a.m.; 12-12:30 p.m.; 1-1:30 p.m.;
2-2:30 p.m.; 3-3:30 p.m.
Description
Participants will learn the chemistry that goes into preparing delicious foods.
Title It's ALIVE!
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
Description
This experience explores the diversity of life and the importance of even the “unhuggable” creatures that share our earth. Participants will be encouraged to observe and handle pill bugs, millipedes and hissing cockroaches. We’ll have a DRAGON, lizards, fish, hermit crabs, and mammals.
Title Inquiry: Heart Rate Activity
Age All
Time Open
Description
Students will be able to make a prediction if their heart rate will go up or down after they step up and down for 3 minutes and then “test” their prediction.
Title Inquiry: Muscle Strength
Age All
Time Open
Description
Students will get to test their grip strength.  Can predict whether they think they are stronger (or the same) in their right and left hands and then test the difference.
Title Kids' Yoga
Age All
Time 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., 30 minutes each session
Description
Students will get to learn a variety of yoga poses – focusing on ones with animal names and making it fun and then put them together in a sequence.
Title Obstacle Course
Age All
Time Open
Description
Students will complete a mini-course set up in our big classrooms with various indoor obstacles.
Title Botanical Soap
Age 10 years and up
Time Open from 10:30-11:30 a.m.l and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Description
A variety of botanical materials will be available to add to a glycerin soap base.  Participants can add oatmeal, rosemary, and other plant-based materials to modify their soaps. The soap base may be hot and may be a burn hazard. Adult permission is required.
Title Grossology
Age First grade and up
Time 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Description
What is more fun (and gross!) than snot? And blood? Come make these and more in this hands-on lab! Presenter: Linde Furman, Roanoke City Public Libraries.
Title Medicinal Plants
Age All
Time Open
Description
Plants will be on display throughout the college. These plants had and in some cases continue to have a role in wellness and healing.
Title Making Your Mark on the Environment
Age All
Time Open
Description
In this activity, visitors will learn about proper disposal methods for different types of products, as well as about the contributions of environmental activists and nature writers. Visitors will then have an opportunity to craft environmentally-friendly bookmarks constructed of handmade seed paper that can be planted to grow flowers, herbs, vegetables, and even trees of knowledge.
Title The Invisible Life Around Us
Age Elementary and up
Time Open
Description
Participants will be educated to understand the invisible life around us by showing microbes under the microscope and in water. This interaction with kids, teenagers to adult will get an opportunity to educate themselves with microbial world in and around us.  Activities will include building a virus model and the ever-popular hand hygiene activity.
Title Anatomage
Age All
Time Open
Description
The Anatomage Table provides for a virtual dissection tour of the human body. With the touch of a finger, participants examine the body inside and out!
Title What Does Your Nose Know?
Age All
Time Open
Description
Participants will be introduced to some of the chemicals used in products to appeal to our sense of smell. Participants will also have the chance to identify the chemicals used in specific cosmetic products and candies.  
Title The OR Experience
Age Most
Time Rolling Sessions
Description
Want to see what it's like to be a surgical technologist in the operating room? Participants will get to scrub, gown, glove and even pass surgical instruments. This hands on activity will give you a perspective of what it is like to be in the operating room during a surgical procedure.
Title The Secret World of Laboratory Science
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description
Rotate through stations to investigate parasites, blood cells, and antigens and antibodies. Make a bacterium to take home
Title Respiratory Therapy
Age All
Time Open
Description
Come to the Respiratory Therapy Lab where you will see real normal and diseased lungs. You can see how they compare when they are inflated (like breathing). You may have the opportunity to wear the always popular high frequency chest wall oscillation (vest machine) to demonstrate secretion mobilization in sick patients or feel the pneumatic percussor.  One of our intubation mannequins will be on a ventilator. Plus you will be able to see chest x-rays!
Title Emergency Services
Age Elementary and Up
Time Open
Description
Check out what it's like to be a firefighter, paramedic or other emergency first responder.
Title Nurse for a Day
Age All
Time Open
Description
Learning stations about skills and patients nurses work with. Including vital signs, clean hands, looking at the world from the elderly's point of view, saving lives through 911. Take away: children will create a 'kit' including a tongue depressor, band-aids, create a stethoscope, hand sanitizer. At the end of the session, children will create a 'name badge' that states: Nurse in Training with the individual's name.