SickKids Project

Research Study

STEM Camp is excited to assist SickKids researchers with  an important study to help child health.

The focus of this study is to explore how frequently family members have different diseases and if those diseases relate to blood clots in children. STEM Camp will build awareness and help the Thrombosis team at SickKids find potential participants for the study. Families will be contacted individually with a request to participate—only certain geographic areas are included in the study.

There is also an exciting activity planned to teach kids about blood flow and blood clots in a fun way! It’s included in our FREE STEM Labs membership, alongside other fun and educational activities!

Background: Family History of Diseases and Blood Clots in Children

In healthy individuals, blood clots occur to help stop bleeding after a cut, but then dissolve after healing. However, if the blood clots do not dissolve or if they develop without a cut, the result can be a blockage in arteries or veins—eventually leading to health complications.

Blood clots generally occur in 1 out of 10,000 children in the general population and 1 out of 200 hospitalized children. The frequency of blood clots in hospitalized children is increasing, and research in blood clots in children is very important.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of the study is to see how frequently family members have different diseases, and if those diseases relate to blood clots in children. The results of this study will shed some light on the value of asking children about their family history, compared to more expensive and time-consuming methods. 

The target population is healthy children and teens from birth to 18 years and their families.

The STEM Camp Contribution

Beyond contacting STEM Camp families, STEM Camp has developed a special activity to increase awareness of and educate campers about the family history of diseases and blood clots.

Campers will produce their own model heart out of straws and plastic bottles, which is a great introduction to the circulatory system. Additionally, they will simulate the effect of blood clots on this system by reducing the flow through the straws using multiple methods. This activity exemplifies the importance of unimpeded blood flow while connecting campers with their potential involvement in the study. Find the activity in STEM Labs!

STEM Camp is excited to help the Thrombosis team at SickKids acquire this important data so that we can all live healthier lives!

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