Wilson Elementary School kindergarten students learned about being healthy from the inside out Tuesday afternoon at Fort Hays State University.
Several Wilson classes, including three kindergarten classes, visited the Body Venture, an educational exhibit sponsored by the Child Nutrition and Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education.
“It teaches students how to be healthy and how their body works,” Wilson teacher Jill Hedlund said.
Some of the Wilson teachers have a second semester grant that includes teaching about the different food groups and healthy snacks.
“This is a great introduction for that,” she said.
The project was hosted and organized by the FHSU department of health and human performance.
Approximately 125 FHSU students in health and human performance, elementary education, and recreation and sports management helped with the project, said Steve Sedbrook, coordinator of preK-12 health and human performance teaching and coaching.
“It’s a win for the college students because they get a hands-on experience teaching lessons to students, leading groups and managing live bodies, real students,” Sedbrook said. “In classes, we teach them the theory of it all, but then they have to put that theory into practice.”
Katie Leos, who plans to be a teacher and coach, said the FHSU students discussed the project in class and ways to keep the elementary students’ interest.
“It helps kids learn about the body and teaches them good habits,” Leos said of Body Venture.
Students travel through a 45-by-50-foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body.
The stations included a lunchroom, brain, mouth, stomach, small intestine, heart, lungs, muscles, skin and the pathway to life.
In the brain, FHSU senior Jacob Kinderknecht used two bags of French fries to compare size portions.
Students wielded giant toothbrushes and thick floss to clean the large teeth inside the mouth exhibit.
Courtney Maska of FHSU introduced the students to Mr. Gross Mouth, the result of using tobacco products.
FHSU sophomore Schuyler Brown wore a hardhat and tool belt to illustrate building strong bones.
On the pathway to life, students learned about other ways to be safe such was wearing a helmet while riding a bike.
The exhibit is made of aluminum poles, fabric covers and fabric covered panels, and set up and tear down take approximately two hours each with a dozen or so people helping.
Kathy Thompson, Body Venture coordinator, travels with the exhibit. The tour starts right after Labor Day, and except for holidays, travels through the school year stopping at three schools a week.
Thompson said the exhibit is a popular one, but there are fewer bookings in urban areas this year.