Senses and ScienceAbility: Summary

Our objectives for Senses and ScienceAbility: A Day of Immersion in Arts and Sciences 2017 were to:

  • 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

Some numbers and facts and things we learned:

  • We received 301 pre-registrations.
  • We approximate that over 400 members from our community engaged with us during our Science Festival.
  • There were over 50 volunteers working on Festival Day. These volunteers came from all over the Jefferson College community, Carilion Clinic, Radford University, Virginia Tech, and the Roanoke Public Libraries.
  • Many other volunteers worked the days preceding Festival Day including the entire Medical Laboratory Science Program that set aside dedicated hours for all of their students to do some of the prep work. Another student group, AMSA (American Medical Student Association), provided unknown hours before, during, and after this event.
  • Events were provided by
    • Jefferson College of Health Sciences
      • Arts and Sciences Department
        • Biomedical Sciences Program
        • Humanities
      • Surgical Technology Program
      • Respiratory Therapy Program
      • Emergency Services Program
    • Roanoke Public Libraries
    • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity
  • We offered
    • 11 workshops and interactive presentations
    • 6 inquiry experiments
    • 15 activities
  • Two events resulted in data to share with participants.
    • The Invisible World Around Us
    • Bones Inquiry
  • Three events resulted in creative expression to share with participants.
    • Cabbage Art
    • What does Good Health Look Like?
    • Magnet Painting
  • 56 Evaluations were returned.
    • Assuming 400 participants, 14% returned an evaluation.
    • “Did not attend” was the most common response.
    • Scored evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.
      • Our evaluation was structured to ask participants to rate each event using this scale:

  • We changed the emojis to a numerical scale where “I LOVED IT!” = 5 and “I HATED IT!” =1.
  • Using this numerical scale, the average score was calculated for each event attended. For this purpose, we did not count any event that was marked “Didn’t attend” or which had no response.
  • Using this data, the average score for each event in the festival was calculated.
    • Numbers of responses per event were not consistently high enough to give a statistical confidence for rating some of those individual events.
  •  Using this data, the average score of all the events in the festival was calculated.
    • The average score for the festival events was 4.4 out of a total of 5 possible points.
  • The positive written comments were primarily to
    • Express appreciation for the event.
    • Encourage us to do it again.
  • The written comments for improvement were primarily about
    • #1—participants needed to have access to food/drink.
    • We should have better signs/directions inside and outside the building. 
  • The scheduled and more technical events were less popular.
  • Participants seemed most to enjoy being able to explore what was offered in their own time and as it best fit in their schedules.
  • Hands-on activities were most popular.
  • We learned we need to better manage what we offer and where we offer it. We were a bit too spread out and were not able to effectively get traffic to the “outlying” venues.

What about our objectives? Did we meet them?

  1. Celebrate science
    Yes. Based on participants’ oral and written feedback, each venue was positively received. We received oral and written requests to host the event again.
     
  2. Promote inquiry through structured and unstructured scientific and creative events
    Yes. Feedback indicates that the unstructured and less technical events were better  attended.
     
  3. Educate the community we serve about health and wellness
    Yes. Our events addressed basic science, health, wellness, children’s health, parental involvement, and environmental health.
     
  4. Provide opportunities to the public to learn about and engage in the research process
    Yes. One of our workshops addressed research at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Another workshop was a critical thinking event to encourage participants to develop the best design to achieve the desired outcome.Several of our events were research-based inquiry labs. We have provided feedback in terms of data and pictures.
     
  5. 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
    Yes. Given the number of people who participated in our event, we increased our community visibility. We know anecdotally that this event was the first time some of our attendees had been to the college. We collaborated with members of the Roanoke community including Youth Services of the downtown branch of the Roanoke Public Libraries. We teamed with our nearby university communities including Radford University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. Many areas of our college were engaged in this event including students from various programs, Bursar’s Office, Library, Admissions, Safety and Security, Student Affairs, Communications, Development, as well as the participating programs listed above.

Arts and Sciences Festival 2017

Title Let’s Get Charged
Age Elementary and up
Time 10:30-11, 11:30-12, 12:30-1, 1:30-2, 2:30-3
Description  
In this inquiry-based learning experience, participants will learn about conductivity and circuits by assembling lemon batteries and watching conductive materials in action. Learners will also learn about the essential role that electricity plays in our health and well-being.
Title Making Molecules
Age Pre-school and up
Time 10-11:30, 12-1:30, 2-4
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 Inquiry: Bones
Age Elementary and up
Time Not scheduled; inquiry will take about 20 minutes
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 inquiry-based laboratory.  
Title Bones Display
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description  
Lizards, cats and snakes, oh my! These skeletons and others will be on display. Compare them to the human skeleton. See x-rays of bones and broken 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 How do antacids work?
Age Middle school-High School
Time 10-10:30, 11-11:30, 12-12:30, 1-1:30, 2-2:30, 3-3:30
Description  
Through a colorful discussion about pH, participants will learn about different types of antacids and how they can help to soothe some stomach problems. Learners will also investigate the efficacy of various antacid tablets.
Title Inquiry: How do diapers work?
Age Middle school-High School
Time 10-10:30, 11-11:30, 12-12:30, 1-1:30, 2-2:30, 3-3:30
Description  
Learners will learn about gels and the science behind the remarkable water absorption properties of diapers. Does it really matter which diaper you purchase…we’ll find out in this investigative experiment!
Title Bubbles
Age Pre-school and up
Time Open
Description  
Put yourself in a bubble!!!
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 Catchin’ the Waves: Sound, Light, Resonance
Age All
Time Open
Description  
A variety of tools will be used to investigate the waves all around us. Come investigate the Chinese spouting bowl, Boomwhackers, singing rods, percussion frogs. See the different colors that make up our lights and sunlight. Free diffraction glasses will be available while they last!
Title Interactive Presentation—Cells: The good, the bad, the cancerous
Age Middle School and up
Time 10:30, 12:30, 2:30
Description  
This research-oriented presentation by a former Jefferson College student will describe our growing understanding of cells from the crannies in the cork to the complexities of our individual cells. She will share her undergraduate research on bacteria and her graduate research on prostate cancer cells.  Participants will view different kinds of cells under the microscope and will extract and collect their own cheek cell DNA. Presented by J. Makenzie Nutter, MS.
Title Interactive Presentation—The Chemistry of Cooking
Age Everybody
Time 10-10:30, 11-11:30, 12-12:30, 1-1:30, 2-2:30, 3-3:30
Description  
Participants will learn the chemistry that goes into preparing delicious deserts…from airy foams and flavored whipped cream, to delicious bread, and no-bake desserts. Presented by Dr. Asem Abdulahad, Assistant Professor, Jefferson College.  
Title It’s ALIVE!
Age Pre-school and up
Time 10-12, 12:30-2, 2:30-4
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.
Title Compassionate Design Workshop- Keeping Babies Warm----------
Age Middle-school and up
Time 1-2:20, 2:30-4:00  NOTE: LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Description  
This interactive workshop will invite students to explore and engage in the engineering design process through the design and testing of cribs to keep babies warm. The workshop will begin by discussing challenges some hospitals in Africa face to keep newborn babies warm. We will explore the exciting area of bio-inspired engineering design by drawing inspiration from the warming abilities of penguins, which are remarkably talented at keeping their young warm, even in very cold climates. Using ideas inspired by penguins, students will spend the majority of the workshop designing and testing their own “warming crib” for newborn babies. VT researcher Ashley Taylor will lead these workshops to inspire and engage students who enjoy being caring and creative! Ashley Taylor, MSME, MPH is with the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech.
Title What does healthy living look like?
Age All
Time Open
Description  
Participants will be asked to illustrate what healthy living looks like. Paper, markers, and scratch-offs will be supplied. Art will be displayed.
Title Inquiry: Heart rate and 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 am & 1 pm for 30 mins
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 Presentation: Literacy
Age Adults
Time 11:30-12:00, 2:30-3:00
Description  
This session is a lecture and demonstration on research-based early literacy strategies and explorative learning. Presenter: Jeffrey Wood, Roanoke City Public Libraries
Title Sensory storytime
Age Toddlers to preschoolders.
Time 10:45am
Description  
This session is a sensory storytime for toddlers to preschoolers.
We will sing, dance, play, and read easy books together. Presenter: Jeffrey Wood, Roanoke City Public Libraries
Title Storytime
Age 1st-3rd graders.
Time 1:45pm
Description  
This session is a storytime for 1st-3rd graders.
We will sing, dance, play, and read picture books together. Presenter: Jeffrey Wood, Roanoke City Public Libraries
Title Grossology
Age First grade and up
Time 11:30, 2:30
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 Artbots
Age First grade and up, NOTE: Limited enrollment
Time 10:00
Description  
Using everyday objects, electric “bots” are made. Experiment with them to see under what conditions they go the fastest and the slowest! Presenter: Linde Furman, Roanoke City Public Libraries.
Title Magnet Painting
Age First grade and up, NOTE: Limited enrollment
Time 1:00
Description  
Add the science of magnetism and the art of painting and you have Magnet Painting.  Participants create unique paintings with magnetized objects. Presenter: Linde Furman, Roanoke City Public Libraries.
Title Story board: This is Your Life
Age All
Time Open
Description  
Participants will be asked to contribute to the wall-mounted story board. There will be opportunities to share your experiences as pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult.  By the end of the day, our story board should demonstrate the rich variety that is our community.
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 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30
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. Presenter: Dr. Jayasimha Rao, Associate Professor at Jefferson College.
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 Everybody
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 Lab Skills Workshop
Age Middle and High School
Description  
One of Jefferson College’s Honors Program students will lead this hands-on learning laboratory. Students will learn laboratory techniques, discover how to optimize product, and collect data in this fun and interactive experience.
Title Emergency Services
Age All
Description  
 
Title Respiratory Therapy
Age All
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!

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