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Show Me the Science! (October 24, 2009) October 26, 2009

Posted by sonaldhingra in Events.
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Terry the Inventor Mentor showing the girls how air moves

On a cold, rainy, Saturday October morning – 40 eager girls in grades K to 6 came out to Wentworth Institute of Technology.  They slowly filtered in to Watson Auditorium around 11:30, checking in and heading over to tables to get settled.  At the tables they found gumdrops and toothpicks and the building began.  Several future engineers started to build some really well thought out and sturdy structures while they waited for the fun to begin.

Terry Murry, The Inventor Mentor, took the stage and got all the girls together.  He talked about air and how it moved and what it could do.  Terry also showed the girls how rockets worked and even launched one inside!  Once the show was over  – all the girls raced to the different presenter tables and got ready to see some SCIENCE in action!

The unique part about Show Me the Science is that the adults presented to the kids.  Adults from companies, schools and various organizations volunteered their time and came up with 10-minute ‘bite-sized’ bits of information to present to the girls at each table.  We had teams from Northeastern, Nokia, Addgene, Harvard, Cubist, The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, Society of Women Engineers, Alnylam, MIT and even the New England Aquarium.

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Visiting with Charles Darwin from the Mass Academy of Sciences

At one table from Harvard the girls got to see all sorts of different animal skulls and bones that were over 5,000 years old from the Harapan civilization in India.  At the Cubist table they learned how to study bacteria by taking Jell-o dishes and streaking them with whipped cream in the same action that a microbiologist would.  The ladies at Nokia helped girls learn how radio waves work and even used a metal key as a last minute substitute to complete a circuit they built.

Monty the python and Charles Darwin the bearded lizard from the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences made an appearance as well.  They were a hit with the girls!  The starfish and clams from the New England Aquarium were also a great attraction.  One dad even learned how clams move – they spit (on anything)!

We had many parents tell us that this event helped keep their child’s attention the entire time.  We loved seeing the girls have many ‘Ah Ha!’ and ‘Wow!’ moments.  Our next Show Me The Science events will be in January in Lawrence and then in April in Boston.  Be sure to check our website so that you can experience the magic of science with your girls too!



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