WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum has been awarded a $9,975 grant from South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) Legacy Fund and New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation. Funds will be used to establish a Health Matters program, a fifth grade field trip focusing on health and human body systems. Education staff worked with a committee of volunteers from the education and medical fields to develop a 90-minute program that meets NC Essential Science Standards.
During the three-part field trip, students will experience Grossology and You, a full-dome digital video exploring the inner workings of the human immune, respiratory and digestive systems. Fifth graders will also participate in a heart muscle fitness challenge, examine anatomical models and learn the flow of the blood through the human body using a large-scale heart model. Lastly, they will discover how mechanical devices relate to heart function, use heart rate monitors to measure pulse and find out why physical activity is important for good heart health.
“We are delighted to partner with the Cape Fear Museum helping to establish Health Matters” Dr. Joseph Pino, executive director of SEAHEC says. “This a wonderful program providing children with the opportunity to learn about how the body works through a fun, interactive experience. With the assistance of volunteers, some from the medical field, children may even develop an interest in health careers one day becoming our future doctors and nurses.”
Beginning in May, Cape Fear Museum will pilot the new program, offering free field trips to Alderman, Anderson, Rachel Freeman, Gregory and Snipes elementary schools. Museum Director Sheryl Mays says, “We are grateful to SEAHEC and the hospital’s Foundation for their committed partnership that enables us to educate students in our community about their health. This project is sustainable over time and we look forward to extending this field trip to more schools next year.”
South East Area Health Education Center is a non-profit organization created in 1972 in an effort to bring medical care services into rural communities. Through a national led effort, North Carolina was one of the first states to establish Area Health Education Centers. These centers provide the same quality of training, education and resources traditionally only available to healthcare professionals located near medical schools and major universities. Today, ten centers serve the 100 counties of the state. While North Carolina’s central office is in Chapel Hill, SEAHEC’s office is in Wilmington. SEAHEC is partnered with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and governed by the NHRMC board of directors.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is a department of New Hanover County located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Monday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
Photo: Using a bulb syringe and a thin balloon, Snipes Academy students learn about the heart and blood vessels.