Adding to Elementry School Experiences: 2005 - 2006
Hall of Health of the Children's Hospital of Oakland, CHORI scientists, and Children's Hospital health care workers have developed and implemented a novel health and science curriculum for 4th and 5th graders. The Hall of Health conducts weekly presentations in all of the 4th and 5th grade classes at two local elementary schools (Hoover and Fruitvale).
The curriculum specifically addresses minority health issues faced by the school populations. The presentations are given by college students and cover a wide range of topics from heart disease and asthma to environmental toxins, asthma, nutrition and diabetes. Each instructional unit involves hands-on activities, experiments and guest speakers. Our guest speakers include CHORI scientists, CHO physicians, healthcare workers and patients. Besides the classroom activities, we also conduct teacher workshops, fieldtrips, family science nights, family science festivals and a new exhibit on social and genetic factors in health.
Thus far, during the 2005-2006 school year we gave presentations to over 300 students on our curriculum and hosted a health fair at each of our partnering schools which were attended by approximately 200 students, parents, and community members.