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Family Fun Night @ Gabriel Dumont Institute

By Kristen Rutten

Mar 5, 2019

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The Dumont Technical Institute Adult Basic Education Program in Regina had a busy start to the New Year. In early January, Biology students headed to the Saskatchewan Science Center for the Amazing Anatomy Workshop. Working in small groups, led by a center staff member, the students conducted a successful experiment involving a full dissection of a fetal pig. The students were also able to enjoy the IMAX show “Amazing Adventure” and they took in the Science Center exhibits. It was a fun-filled afternoon.

Only one week later, the Regina Adult Basic Education Program hosted its first Biology Family Fun Night. Approximately 50 people participated in the event, despite it being an extremely cold, wintery night. Guests were greeted by a gymnasium display of Biology 30 Final Projects, many of which were done to an exceptional level. The tables were covered with activities to stimulate conversation and there was a microscope station with slides to explore.

The evening began with a delicious potluck supper followed by a competitive Métis Quiz (Kahoot) that everyone participated in. The engagement continued as one student gave a demonstration, and guests explored the projects.

For anyone considering hosting a Family Fun Night, it was inexpensive and received positive feedback.

Here are some of my tips:

Potluck is always a good option. For the projects, we used bristle board attached to paper boxes to keep costs down. PowerPoint presentation was also used. As well, we had a Microscope Station with four microscopes and slide sets. The Microscope Station was a favourite for many. It was amazing to watch parents teaching their kids about science.

There were also activities on the tables – including coloring pages; cups of markers; conversation starters of biology topics; and cootie catchers which were filled in with science activities which encouraged participation by the guests.

Kahoot – Métis Themed Quiz game that people “buzz” in with their cell phones. Everyone was able to participate.

The Family Fun Night event started at 5:00 pm and by 7:00 pm, we were completely cleaned up and everyone was gone.

A big thank you to the GDI Training and Employment for sponsoring prizes for the event.

I was nervous about trying this extra-curricular activity, but the reward was worth the risk. It was so heartwarming to see students interacting with their children and family members. I am hoping it becomes an annual event!

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