|National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012|
Page last updated April 13, 2012
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USA Science and Engineering Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center , Washington, D.C.
NIH Activities, Exhibits, and Stage Shows
It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Your Hearing
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Mindless Eating: Why Do We Eat More Than We Think?
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
More than Meets the Eye and The Colorful World of Color Vision
National Eye Institute
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- It's a Noisy Planet: Protect Your Hearing is a health education campaign that encourages the parents of tweens (children ages 8-12) to teach their children how to adopt healthy habits that will protect their hearing for life. You can learn cool facts about hearing, how to prevent hearing loss, play games, and more.
Brain Arcade, Exercise Your Hippocampus, Fooling the Brain, and Meet Phineas Gage
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Explore an eye-catching, interactive exhibit designed to teach about the lobes of the human brain. NINDS, NIA, and NIMH scientists will help students learn about what each of the brain's lobes does for perception, thinking, personality, and behavior. Learn how your brain responds to activities like watching 3-D movies and texting your friends.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Want to know how drugs affect your brain and body? The answers may surprise you. Brain Derby is a fast-moving and fun game that gives both students and parents the chance to learn something new and to ask real neuroscientists about the brain and drug abuse.
Brains Up Close
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Have you ever wondered what your brain looks like? How it compares with brains of other animals? Learn exciting facts about the most fascinating part of the body at our exhibit. You will even be able to touch a human or animal brain to see what it feels like!
- NIMH Educational Resources—videos, classroom materials, and online education modules for all ages. Learn about how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and learn about research on the brain and mental illness.
- NIMH Outreach and Community Engagement—find out about NIMH partnerships and how you can become involved.
Cool Spot Carnival
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Learn how alcohol interferes with sensory perception, movement, and balance by trying to toss a football while wearing "fatal vision" goggles that simulate being under the influence of alcohol.
Understanding Why and How We Take Risks
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
- The Cool Spot—a place for young teens to get information about alcohol and resisting peer pressure.
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Healthy Lungs, Happy Living
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Measure your lung capacity, learn how the lungs function, learn how our environment impacts our lungs, and what you can do to ensure healthy lungs.
Environmental Health Jeopardy
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Adventures in Environmental Health
National Library of Medicine
Learn how the environment can influence your health!
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- ToxMystery—What hazardous substances might be lurking in your house? Follow Toxie the cat on a quest to find out!
- Tox Town—interactive guide to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks in various parts of the country such as the farms, cities, ports, and the US Southwest. Also available in Spanish!
- Environmental Health Student Portal—students and teachers in grades 6 to 8 can learn how the environment can impact our health. Explore topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
Attack of the S. mutans!
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Beating the Odds for Better Health
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives and the Science Education Partnership Award Program
Learn about your own health while contributing to research! Experience what it is like to be a research participant as you learn about your own diet and risk factors for chronic disease - you'll receive immediate feedback based on your own results.
- Attack of the S. mutans! --Get ready to kick some acid! Join young scientist Dentisha in this 3D video game as she explores the microscopic world inside her own mouth. At magnification 1000x, walk on the surface of her tooth’s enamel. Learn about the bacteria and biofilm living in her mouth. Help her battle the acid that’s attacking her teeth. Fighting cavities has never been so much fun!
Cooking to Create MyPlate
Discover how to prepare foods using MyPlate, the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food guidance system that helps consumers make healthy food choices, through a cooking demonstration with NIH Clinical Center Executive Chef Robert Hedetniemi.
- Let's Get Healthy —enroll as a research participant to learn about the research process and the quality of your own diet, sleep, and body composition. Participants can contribute anonymous health information to a database that researchers can use to learn about diet, body composition, genetics, and chronic disease. Resources are available for communities and schools.
- West Virginia Health Science & Technology Academy —a program educates minority students in grade 9 to 12 about science and health and follows them to college and towards professional school to help them prepare for health science careers. HSTA students learn about health issues and address problems and challenges in their own community.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Learn about the diseases and conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles and skin. Learn about the development of viruses and how researchers at the NIAMS are able to interrupt their development.
Meet the Yogi and Match the Herbs
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Spreading “Glowing Germs”: And How Hand-Washing Helps Stop It
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Learn how you can help prevent bacteria from spreading through proper hand-washing.
We Can! Helping Parents and Families Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Learn about healthy eating through activities on portion distortion, sugar content in popular beverages, and "Go, Slow, and Whoa" foods. Explore the link between nutrition, physical activity, and media using materials from the Media-Smart Youth program.
- Cooking to Create MyPlate
- Blast Off!—interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity.
- Team Nutrition—initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
Where's the Sugar?
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Be a sugar detective! Exactly how much added sugar can be found in common foods?
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- We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition)—a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
- We Can! Parent Handbook—a useful and easy-to-read handbook includes concepts such as "Go, Slow, and Whoa" foods, proper portion size, and how to make screen time active time.
- Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active—an interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It teaches them about the complex media world around them and how it can affect their health, especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity.
Animal Research Saves Lives! and Interview with a Mouse
Office of Animal Care and Use and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Learn how animals have made important contributions to improving human health.
DNA: The Long and Short of It
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Learn how to extract DNA from a strawberry, create a tree of genetic traits, take the genetic challenge, and create a DNA bracelet using colorful beads that correspond to a segment of DNA sequence from a cat, a platypus or a wooly mammoth.
I ♥ Art
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Gigantic papercraft moths, balloon-sculpted cell membranes and engaging videos are all on display at the NICHD Biovisualization booth. Discover what it means to be a scientific and medical artist. The team will answer questions about this field of art and science and as well, lead a papercraft activity so you can take home your own papercraft moth.
Infrared Imaging: Seeing the Unseen
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Be amazed by tricks with infrared light! You can see through an opaque bag; know what objects a person has touched, even after the person has left the room; and see invisible pictures drawn with ice cubes. Learn about medical applications of infrared imaging. (Please note, this demonstration will be on Friday afternoon, April 27.)
Make a Difference in the World: Learn about Cancer
National Cancer Institute
Turning Science into Art
Division of Medical Arts
Office of Research Services
We need your help to make sure the Positively Wacky Virus does not escape our laboratory! Learn about negative and positive pressure, using a pressure differential meter and other basic physics concepts.
Who Wants to be a Bioengineer?
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
This quiz show, hosted by NIBIB Bioengineers, features "Bioengineers in Training" matching wits as they answer questions about fascinating topics in Robotics, Tissue Engineering and Nanotechnology! (Please note, this activity will be on Friday afternoon, April 27.)
Who Wants to Be an NIH Scientist?
Center for Scientific Review
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- The Rocket Boys of NIH—the true story of how the National Institutes of Health give hope and health to kids and the world.