Everybody LOVES Science! May 13, 2010Posted by Connie Chow in Events, For parents.
Tags: Cambridge, Childhood, children, Clubs, early experience, Education, Events, Free, Fun, inspiration, Kids, learning, Mentors, Microsoft, Non-Profit, PBS, Science, STEM, WGBH, women in science
That’s what you would think if you saw the 460 plus smiles and figurative light bulbs popping at high speed at our year-end celebration and showcase last Saturday, which also is a tribute to National Lab Day.
How come? They were awed by the human body as they peered down a microscope, created a toy that exploits the persistence of vision, or examined their own hip or foot anatomy. Parents and children stepped up to the challenge of building the tallest paper cup tower or building a Menger sponge. (I didn’t know what that was either). Mentors and girls helped participants explore the earth and beyond through models of volcanoes, oceanic planktons, and were even treated (for me at least) to an actual fish dissection. These are but a few of the almost 50 stations to choose from. Discovery channel, move aside. Nothing beats a hands-on experience.
Not that excellent science/engineering shows for kids don’t have their place. They do. And they’re popular. The audience was certainly “star struck”, to quote one parent, by Bethany, Liza and Talia from FETCH! and our very own Avianna and Miranda who are on the new PBS show SciGirls that will be aired on WGBH this July. If the desire to be a rock star of science and engineering is what it takes to motivate girls in these areas, please let’s have more of them, and more auditions!
For those who can’t wait, you can check out their video, Star Power, online here. Kids and parents were delighted to try out the helicopter activity from FETCH! and I’m sure most have run home to add their own project to the SciGirls website.
Thank you so much to Microsoft NERD Center for hosting the event, WGBH for arranging to have Juan from Design Squad and the girls from FETCH! join us, and for the folks from tpt National Productions and WGBH for helping us out with the media. Thanks to scientists and engineers from Draper Labs, Amgen, Girls Angle, Parts & Crafts, Millennium, MIT for sharing your very cool activities and exhibits, and the volunteers who helped at the event. And thanks to all the businesses that contributed raffle items. You made some families very happy!
We were so happy that girls from Cambridge, Boston, Lawrence, Newton were represented, and even our mentor from Fitchburg came! What an amazing Science Club for Girls family to behold.
And as always, our deepest gratitude to the hundred-plus mentor-scientists who volunteered your time and showed your devotion to this cause this semester, this year, and in the past. Science Club for Girls can’t exist without you!!
Hope to see more of you next year!!
P.S. Here’s the Science Club does Lady Gaga video you were looking for. (This didn’t prompt a donation…)
P.P.S. If you have photos to add to our collection, please click here to email photos to us.
P.P.P.S. If you took home a science kit, click here for the instructions.
P.P.P.P.S. Thanks to our raffle item donors
Huntington Theater Company
American Repertory Theater
Brockton Professional Baseball
Cape Ann Whale Watch
Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball
Boston Ballet Passes
Wheelock Family Theater
Anonymous donor for the iPod nano grand prize!