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Your Environment. Your Health.

SRP Trainees Host Super FUN: Science for a Safer World Booth at Cal Day

Passport to Science

Children documented their journey through the world of science at different booths by collecting stamps or stickers in a "Passport to Science." Each child at the Super FUN booth received a passport stamp, a bookmark, and a sticker, all with the SRP logo.
(Photo courtesy of Sylvia Sanchez)

On April 22, trainees from the University of California (UC) Berkeley Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center hosted a booth, "Super FUN: Science for a Safer World," at the annual Cal Day celebration. The popular event, which promotes various programs and activities at UC Berkeley, attracts thousands of people, including students, faculty and staff, families, and school groups

Trainees in engineering and biology collaborated to create fun and educational materials to share the mission and achievements of the UC Berkeley SRP Center. Attendees learned what Superfund sites are, how researchers study the health effects of potentially harmful chemicals, and how they develop innovative technologies to reduce the levels of these chemicals in the environment.

Trainees also developed engaging hands-on activities. For example, visitors conducted a fun and messy experiment wherein water was first contaminated with green food coloring and then filtered through sand or activated charcoal to visualize effective remediation strategies. Older children and adults learned about the UC Berkeley SRP Center from a handout that was designed by trainees. Participants then tested their knowledge in a fun trivia challenge. Younger children learned through coloring books illustrating different aspects of the environment.

SRP trainees speaking with students and their families
UC Berkeley SRP trainees discuss the results of the water contamination and remediation experiment with participants. Cal Day aims to communicate and share research with the public, as well as to spark interest in environmental health science careers among the youth.
(Photo courtesy of Sylvia Sanchez)

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