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Workshops for Families

Throughout One Last Look two workshops for kids of all ages were held to allow families to explore the hospital's history in fun and engaging ways. One workshop was on germs and hospital hygiene; the other was on DNA. Both workshops were devised by Ruth Semple, and conducted by Mario DiMaggio and Ruth Semple.


Cleanliness and hygiene are very important in a hospital. Germs are tiny organisms - so small you need a microscope to see them - that can cause disease. In this workshop participants used a special lotion that makes germs visible under ultraviolet light. They then handled real surgical instruments, to show how germs can be passed from hand to instrument, and from there to the patient.



DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule found in each of our body cells. It takes the shape of a spiral staircase, with one half inherited from our mother, the other from our father. All the information that makes us who we are as individuals (the colour of our eyes and hair, how tall we are, and so forth) are contained in our DNA. In this workshop each participant made a necklace containing their own DNA strands.