On Valentine’s Day Let the Kiddos Heart Science
This time of year most tweens and teens are looking for carnations or a bouquet of balloons of some sort from their crush. Back in my day, and I am sure much hasn't changed, the focus of Valentine’s Day was making sure you were somebody's Valentine. The teen in the house won’t say it, but I am sure that is what she is looking for, understandably so. The two youngest on the other hand could care less about flowers, they want candy. Well, instead of focusing on love and sweet treats I am going to make Valentine’s Day a different matter of the heart – circulation that is. Check out these heartfelt Valentine’s Day science activities that will hopefully foster a love of science...and lead the way to medical school!
High and Middle School
Does your tween or teen know of anyone with high blood pressure? Perhaps this will motivate them to help find better treatments. Your tween or teen can start with a little inspiration by learning about Dr. Myra Adele Logan, the first woman to perform open heart surgery. Next have them at all of the possible disorders associated with the circulatory system. They can discuss with you at least three. Have your tween or teen take a look at this map of the human heart. Lastly, put them to the test with this awesome heart transplant interactive.
Your whiz kid can start with a little inspiration by learning about Dr. Charles Drew.
Now start with this video on the heart.
Next you can combine a little math with a lesson on the circulatory system by counting and charting heartbeats! Provide a chart with the headings "activity" and "beats per minute." Have your child identify activities that they perform daily. Then select a minimum of three activities to record in the activity column of their chart. Have your kiddos calculate and record "beats per minute" for each activity.
Take it a step further. Have your kiddos count the beats per minute for the adults in the house for each of the activities. Then have them compare the heart rates of kiddos versus adults. What did they find out?
With this activity the little ones can work on counting while at the same time learning about the importance of their little heartbeat.
First make sure your little genius understands the difference between heart - love and heart - the muscle! Explain that as the blood is pumped through the arteries, you can feel the artery walls stretch and relax. Count aloud with them as they see how many heartbeats they can count in one minute. Remember to have them feel for a pulse with their fingers.
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!