Children Receive Hands-On Learning Experiences with the South Florida Science Center

Children at the Hope Centennial Afterschool Program had a chance to explore what some healthcare professionals do through the Health Science in Motion expanded learning opportunity offered by the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The children received a science kit with materials to use as they followed along with the instructor, while learning all about the human body. The activities included making a simple stethoscope, making colorful models of the brain and neurons, assembling a fully functional microscope, made mostly out of paper and even extracting some of their own DNA. Afterschool programs can choose between live virtual sessions or pre-recorded video sessions and keep the kits to use in the future.

“Thank you South Florida Science Center for providing us with some great lessons. We learned so much in our Health Science in Motion Sessions.” – Hope Centennial Afterschool Program

This activity is part of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s Tech Treck program, which promotes the development of technology and problem-solving skills among children and youth in grades kindergarten through eighth. This program helps children and youth demonstrate increased knowledge of inquiry-based STEM content and increased confidence in STEM through technology skill development, which could lead to increased self-confidence and the development of greater problem-solving skills.

” It is an honor to work with Hope Centennial Elementary Afterschool Program. Having children learn about the human body with South Florida Science Center is a great example of the many opportunities the program provides for young minds to be intrigued and engaged in their afterschool experiences.”

Gina Weatherspoon, Quality Advisor.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is an expanded learning opportunity provider, contracted by Prime Time Palm Beach County, which receives significant funding from the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, to enhance learning experiences in out-of-school time.