Tags: girls in science, Science, technology, usa science and engineering festival
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SCFG parent Christina Horner was determined to provide her daughter with as many meaningful science and engineering experiences as possible. Here’s her kindergartener’s perpective of the trip.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival was incredible!
I went with my daddy, mommy, brothers and my cousin, Kyle. There were many people and many activities, like filling balloons with oobleck and fizzy stuff (mom’s note: sulfurate acid and baking soda), making a cannon and building towers with blocks.
My favorite activity was building a Simon. A Simon is a lot like Simon Says. You have to follow the colors on a little computer that doesn’t talk. It was easy. I used a circuit board, plastic fasteners, gaskets, lights, screws solder and a soldering iron. It was VERY hot! A soldering iron looks like a screw and a pen, but instead when you put it to metal smoke comes out. It makes the metal become glue.
The finished product
I can’t wait to go again!
Out of this world experience at the Museum of Science! March 26, 2012Posted by Science Club for Girls in Clubs, Events.
Tags: cosmic, Museum of Science, sleepover, STEM, topology
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by Kirsten Blancato, former mentor at Myrtle Baptist in Newton
On the morning of March 3rd, I was a bit confused when I woke up surrounded by images of galaxies, nebulas, and planets. I quickly remembered though that the girls from several different Science Club for Girls groups and I were having an out of this world experience on our overnight stay at the Boston Museum of Science!
Aside from getting to sleep in the awesome Cosmic Light room in front of the Hayden Planetarium, we explored nearly the entire museum, and enjoyed many fun, hands-on activities including:
- Being fossil and bone detectives
- Seeing a live turtle, snake, and tarantula
- The world’s largest indoor lightning show at the Theater of Electricity
- An amazing show at the Hayden Planetarium
- And a captivating Omni movie about migration!
The Mathematica exhibit was particularly interactive and really got the girls excited about math! Here are the girls enjoying a display of Kepler’s laws of planetary motion:
Overall, our sleepover at the Museum of Science was engaging, a great learning experience, and definitely fun! The girls were exposed to many different exciting fields of science and had a blast!
Like Math but Not Sure About Typical Competitions? Check out SUMiT 2012 November 25, 2011Posted by Connie Chow in For parents, General Post, Non-SCFG programs.
Tags: collaboration, competitions, girls, Math
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Girls in grades 6-10. This is for you!
SUMiT is a fully collaborative, math-intensive, fun and exciting event where participants must work together to achieve a common goal. Based on the traditional end-of-semester Treasure Hunts at Girls’ Angle, MIT’s Undergraduate Society of Women in Mathematics and Girls’ Angle are collaborating to bring the Treasure Hunt out of Girls’ Angle to the general public.
According to Ken Fan, founder and director of Girls’ Angle, SUMiT’s format defies traditional math competitions, where competitors work alone. Instead, it is more like a team support where the girls have to work cooperatively and will “lose together or win together”.
At SUMiT, the girls enter a big room and must work together in order to surmount problems some of which will be even more challenging than typical contest problems precisely because of the expectation that they will be “SUM”ming up their minds and helping each other.
Event date: January 21. Registration opens November 28.
For more information, please visit www.girlsangle.org/page/SUMiT.html
And yes, they’re still looking for additional sponsors!
2011 Catalyst Awards honors life science and technology leaders November 21, 2011Posted by Connie Chow in Events, SCFG News.
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More than 150 guests joined our fourth annual Catalyst Awards Celebration and Benefit at the Broad Institute in Cambridge to honor Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Mr. Douglas Banks, publisher of Mass High Tech. This included MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki; North Shore Technology Council Women’s Initiative chair Michelle Liu Baillie; the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s executive director Trish Fleming; and Margaret Chu Moyer, Executive Director at Amgen. (See additional photos here).
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, honorary and host committees, guests and Ambassadors, we raised over $50,000 to support our free programs for girls in K-12 grades in eastern Massachusetts and in Ghana. We are very fortunate to have so many allies and supporters from different walks of life, professions and genders who support our work and who are role models for our girls.
We are especially honored to recognize Douglas Banks and Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister for their commitment and efforts to bring equity to science and technology through successful policies, programs and the media.
Maya Hodgkin-Dottins, a junior in high school and a participant of the SCFG since she was in fifth grade, described the many doors the organization has opened for her both in her personal and academic life. These ranged from participating in an all-girls Rocket Team led by professionals in aeronautics, to contributing to research on a museum exhibit design experience to attending a conference with a couple hundred women who are mid-level executives and CEOs of science and technology companies.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Una Ryan, CEO and President of Diagnostics for All. In addition to sharing the need and potential of the company’s low-cost, paper-based technology to revolutionize healthcare in the developing world, she encouraged the girls in the SCFG program to “use your science well and wisely… and never, never, never give in”.
use your science well and wisely… and never, never, never give in
To give the guests a taste of the hands-on experience that participants typically get on a weekly basis, junior mentors Fawzia Nur, a 9th grader and Jacqueline Guevera, a 12th grader, both at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, distributed balloons and skewers to the guests and guided them through a science “interlude”. The challenge: to puncture the balloon without letting it burst. The exercise was a metaphor that science is about failing and trying again. It was certainly an equalizing experience.
Parent Josette Williams moved the audience to laughter and tears through her vivid and honest recounting of the effect Science Club for Girls has on her daughter and god-daughter’s vocabulary, sense of confidence, and future outlook.
Thanks to IBM, Vertex. Novartis, Amgen, Mintz Levin, Alexandria Real Estate Equities as well as Harvard, MIT, Simmons and Wellesley College for event sponsorship, our silent auction donors from Aquitaine to Craigie on Main to Sarah Cardozo Duncan. Special thanks to Sooz Media for photography and to the Broad Institute for hosting and videography. (Video highlights coming soon!)
What do you want to be when you grow up? Round robin with role models in science, tech and engineering. October 23, 2011Posted by Science Club for Girls in Events, STEM pipeline efforts, women in science.
Tags: cynthia gilbert, payal patel, polaris venture partners
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- Sandra Glucksman, CEO, Cerulean
- Pat McGloin, KeyStone Dental
- Cynthia Gilbert, Hyperion Law
- Payal Patel, Google
- Paulina Hill, Polaris Venture Partners
- Tara Thornton, MathWorks
- Monica Hall-Porter, Dean College
- Amanda Thomas, Concert Pharmaceuticals
- Katie Archard, Architectural Resources Cambridge
- Kathleen Castagna, EPA
- and host Mari Anne Shaw, CEO, SophiaThink
This event was conceived by Ilene Fisher from WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology), who worked closely with Stacy Wong from Google Cambridge, as well as Googlers Sonie Guseh, Sonia Chung and Chelsea Pollen to plan the evening. Mari Anne Shaw, WEST board member, served as the fabulous MC.
I am just writing to thank you very much for sponsoring this event and allowing the girls to meet such a great array of professional women. Elena shared her notes on each woman and gained much insight into the pathways of successful women.
I am a parent of a 7th grader who currently participating at Science Club for Girls. I would like to say thank you to all the incredible women who participated and took time to meet with the girls and share their career path. I know it is not possible to reach everyone at once but one step at a time, a difference in someone’s life can be made.
Can’t agree more. THANK YOU!!