NIH Pavilion Scientific Themes

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Data Science

Learn how NIH researchers are using computers to analyze and protect an ever-expanding amount of complex “big data” to understand health and disease.


Cyber Escape Room; Find the Phish; Wearing Viruses and Worms Through Gadgets (CIT)

  1. Cyber Escape Room
    See if you can answer all the questions correctly to get out on time!
  2. Find the Phish
    Look through an e-mail and see if you can spot the Phishing signs.
  3. Wearing Viruses and Worms Through Gadgets
    Find out how viruses and worms not only affect your health, but also your privacy, and your safety by learning about Healthcare Cybersecurity.

Germ Hunters: Solve a Mystery with DNA Data; Learn to Code with a Raspberry Pi (ODSS)

  1. Germ Hunters: Solve a Mystery with DNA Data
    What bacteria and viruses are in our mystery sample? Find out for yourself by sequencing the DNA in the sample, and watch the data grow as we solve the mystery!
  2. Learn to Code with a Raspberry Pi
    Raspberry pie is certainly tasty, but a Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer that visitors can use to learn basic computer programming. After completing this activity, attendees may discover they have a sweet tooth for coding!

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn!; Predict Your Pulse (NLM)

  1. Graphic Medicine: Ill-conceived and Well Drawn!
    Graphic medicine is the use of comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. The exhibition from the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division features items from our growing collection of comics depicting people’s personal experiences with a range of health issues, including breast cancer, deafness, mental illness. Our staff has also selected some of our very favorite images for you to color—or if you’re feeling creative, we welcome you to create your very own comics!
  2. Predict Your Pulse
    As a hub of data science at NIH, the National Library of Medicine invites you to become a data scientist for the day! Join us in conducting an experiment to see if you can predict your pulse better than a computer model after enjoying some light exercise and brain games! We’ll explore how machine learning and artificial intelligence are advancing human health—and what technology can and can’t tell us today.

Lego® Laboratory! Identify a Viral Contagion (SEPA)

Can you help determine which exotic virus is infecting a human population? Identify it by studying a region of its DNA! Just as a unique pattern of bars in a universal product code (UPC) identifies each item for sale in a store, a DNA barcode is a DNA sequence that can help identify each living thing. Learn about the spread of viral disease, then build and sequence a LEGO® “DNA barcode” so that you can use a scientific program to identify which strains are infecting the population and how the virus is mutating!

Technology Can Help People (NINR)

  1. A Device to Help Wounds Heal Faster
    Through a hands-on activity, we demonstrate the piezoelectric effect: the generation of an electric charge in response to applied pressure. Learn how this effect is used to help wounds heal faster.
  2. Finding Ways for Speechless Patients to Communicate
    Discover how a smart switch allows patients who can only produce a small gesture to summon help and control a speech generating device to communicate. Learn how a device can support communication between patients and their health care providers, including for patients who cannot speak English.
  3. How Technology Can Help Providers and Patients Manage Illnesses
    Learn how smartphones, wearables and connected devices help doctors, nurses, and patients manage serious illnesses at home and in the hospital. 

The NIH Scientist Launch Game® App (CSR)

Experience the excitement of becoming a scientist, getting a research grant and advancing science and health. Along the way, you will learn – 

  • More about the fight against, cancer, heart disease and infectious diseases
  • How to design better research projects
  • How researchers become successful
  • How the National Institutes of Health helps advance science and health. (See Science Education: Kids Game App, Books, and Videos.)