The Science Zone is an area of the fair that combines science education topics with interactive activities and experiments. There will be booths on anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry and many more. Each booth will have a poster explaining scientific concepts and a fun activity or experiment for participants to learn about the topics firsthand.

Read below to find out more about this year’s booths and Science Zone Committee Leaders!

This Year’s Booths

Let it Snow

Make fake snow using polymer science! Talk about commercial and household uses for sodium polyacrylate. Kids will make snow with sodium polyacrylate and water, and they can take it home in a zip lock bag.

Phantom Limb Phenomena

Can touching your cheek hurt your hand? Yes, it can! Come find out how with an interactive demo and a little bit of mental trickery.

Ocean Lava Lamps

This booth will make ocean-themed lava lamps using principles of solubility and density. Kids will be able to make their lamps using water, oil, and alka seltzer and bring a piece of the ocean home with them!

Balloon Invaders – There Will Be Blood

Ever wonder what blood is made of? This booth will explore this through fun and interactive activities. You can make, touch, or pop some blood cells of your own!

Brain Ninja Warrior

A series of challenging brain tasks that will test your memory, vision, and motor skills! Who will be the ultimate brain ninja warrior?

Sensory Overload

This booth will consist of two activities 1) an interactive sheep brain dissection and 2) a picture matching quiz. The matching will take place in an interactive electric board where the families will have to match a sensory or an emotion picture to the part of the brain that processes such task which will be displayed in the board. Correct matching will turn a light on, and candy will be available as prizes. 

The Science of Sound

Learn about sound, what affects it, how it shows up in our lives, and create your own instrument!

Brain Wrestle Mania

This booth explores the importance of neurons and how they communicate in the body. We will discuss diseases of neurons and medical applications of tracking neural activity. We will also have a game called Mindflex to demonstrate that neuron activity can be monitored by devices we have today.

What’s in Your Genes?

This booth will teach kids about DNA and give them the opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries using a simple DNA extraction protocol.

Delicious DNA

This booth introduces kids to the concept of what DNA is, the structure of DNA, and how DNA makes us who we are as individuals. Participants will construct their own DNA models using mini marshmallows, Twizzlers, and toothpicks. 

Heart Stopping Fun

This is an interactive station where children and adults can learn about how the heart works by observing a real dissected sheep heart as well as a life-size elephant heart. Participants will be able to touch the hearts and get a glimpse inside the most important organ in our body!

How Electricity Works

We are going to talk about electricity, how electrons move through currents, and the different types of circuits and applications. 

The Heel-Toe

We will demonstrate the importance of muscle movement by teaching the participants the “heel-toe” dance.

Added Sugar

This booth will show the surprising amount of added sugar found in common, everyday foods. 

My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters! The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

See Your Own Cells

At this booth, you will have a chance to make a microscopy sample of your own cells and have a close-up look at them!

Committee Leaders

Jacob Stevens

Jacob grew up just a short distance away in Arlington where he attended Martin High School. Transitioning to college, he attended Harding University in Arkansas where he played NCAA Division II soccer for four years. It was there that he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering before deciding to continue his education in medical school. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, running, lifting weights, reading and traveling. He is excited to be involved for the first time with Carnaval de Salud. It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community by providing health screenings and educational opportunities for both kids and adults. He looks forward to working with Carnaval de Salud for years to come!

Martyna Kosno

Martyna is a third year graduate student. She was born and grew up in Poland where she also received her master’s degree in pharmacy. She first came to Dallas as an exchange student to work as a researcher for just one year. Back then, she had a plan to come back home and work at a community pharmacy…However, her exchange program, during which she worked in a lab at UT Southwestern, made her completely fall in love with science. Now, as a graduate student, she is trying to combine her interest in disease prevention and treatment, which she gained from her pharmaceutical education, with her love for science, hoping that one day she will be able to give back to the community by pushing medicine forward! Giving back to the community is also one of the reasons why she finds Carnaval de Salud a wonderful initiative – she look forward to interacting with patrons and showing them how fascinating science can be! Outside of science, she likes to play tennis, swim and snowboard (though that last one not in Texas), read, and watch movies and shows.

May Xac

May was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas but moved to the Midwest to attend college at Washington University in St. Louis where she double majored in biology and anthropology. However, she missed Texas so much that she came back and is now a second year medical student. Last year, she became involved with Carnaval de Salud where she was a booth coordinator for a booth that demonstrated the anatomy of the heart using pig, human, and an elephant heart. In her free time, she loves to indulge her sweet tooth, play with her dogs, and go on hikes.

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2 Comments

  1. Karen Lindquist says:

    How can I get involved?

    • utswstudentcenter says:

      We are going to open the volunteer Sign up on March 1st then you can sign up to help with whatever committee you prefer. Thank you for your interest!

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