It was STEM on a grand scale as NLM took part in activities at the NIH pavilion of the Health & Medicine section at the fifth USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) this spring. Families filled the NIH pavilion, where they could engage in more than 30 hands-on activities focusing on health, biomedical, & behavioral science topics. Laughter, gasps of surprise, & lots of enthusiasm were in the air on the part of parents, family members, and teachers.
The nation’s largest biennial celebration of science, technology, engineering & math (STEM), this year’s event attracted a record-breaking crowd of more than 370,000 people as enthusiasts of all ages explored the mysteries and delights of STEM at the Convention Center in Washington, DC.
Fun & games—plus serious knowledge—at the NLM booth
As children tossed beanbags in game that NLM called “Toxic Toss,” NLM volunteers from across the Library taught them about common hazardous substances & the potential risk to human health when they’re not handled properly.
Children also were invited to color images from NLM’s popular online exhibition, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, & Medicine, & pictures of DNA & gene structures. This was a way to highlight items from NLM’s collection. As the world’s largest medical library, NLM has more than 28 million books, journals, & other items.
If seeing is believing…
Check out this video montage for an overview of NIH activities at the 2018 festival.
By Melanie Modlin, NLM in Focus staff writer