Hattiesburg, Miss., April 14, 2014 - Faculty and students from the year William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) conducted a Human Body Fair for with kindergarten students on April 8 at Oak Grove Primary School. The fair consisted of hands-on teaching experiences with the children to teach them about how their senses work and how to keep themselves healthy.
There were three centers set up for the project. One was “The Connection between Taste and Smell” center, which helped children answer the question, “Why does my food taste funny when I have a cold?” child tasted a jelly bean with their noses held and then guessed the flavor. Then they tasted the same flavor again without holding their nose and discussed if it taste different.
The second center was the “Glitter Germs” center. The group leaders placed a clear gel hand sanitizer and a small amount of loose glitter on their palms and then shook hands with two children in the group. The children were told to shake hands with others in the group until the “germs” had been spread to everyone, showing how easily germs are spread. Afterwards, the leaders took the children to the sinks and demonstrated to them how to properly wash their hands.
The third center was the “How Hearing Works” center. The children closed their eyes while the leader made different noises with tambourines, bells, rustling bags, and other noisemakers, telling them to guess what each sound was. The leader then explained how sound travels through the ear and eventually to the brain for interpretation. The children also learned about how sounds are associated with memory.
Faculty and students from the year WCUCOM will hold another Human Body Fair, with first-graders at Oak Grove Primary as the participants, on April 16.
For more information on this program, contact Dr. Jessica Taylor, assistant professor of physiology for the WCUCOM, at (601) 318 – 6019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.