Spring Into STEM™: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists, a science outreach event for middle school girls, took place on April 27, 2019. The event was hosted by Young Women In Bio RTP (YWIB), Graduate Women In Science – Research Triangle Chapter (GWIS – RT), and North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) Center. This was the third Spring Into STEM™ event hosted by YWIB RTP, and it was part of YWIB’s national festival around Spring into STEM™, with GWIS – RT supporting it with our resources and volunteers as well.
We are also grateful to BRITE, Cree Inc, Harris Teeter, and Nuventra Pharma Sciences for their support in putting on 2019 Spring into STEM™.
When the students arrived, they received lab notebooks as well as lab coats, and gloves. Then they were treated to morning of scientific activities and experiments, facilitated by officers from YWiB, GWIS – RT, as well as other volunteers from the Triangle area.
The students worked together “Clearing a Path to the Heart”, an experiment that involved working together to remove blockages from blood vessels. They were “DNA Detectives” as they learnt more about DNA and puzzled together DNA evidence to solve a crime! Their favorite from last year, “Slime Time” made a return this year, as students created slime and learnt about the properties of polymers that makes it unique, and finally they had a great time with “Entomology: Pinning Insects” to learn more about the bugs and insects around them.
The students had breaks in the middle to grab a snack because all that science in one day can be quite tiring! At the end of the event, they left with slime and insects, and potentially with an exciting promise of one day becoming scientists themselves!
This event would not have been possible without the hard work of YWiB and GWIS – RT officers, as well as volunteers April Hamblin, Jenna Beam, Ushma Panchal, Liz Krewson, D’Shawna Burwell, Kelsey Behrens, Chrissy Hoffman, Rachel Cherney, Jessica Wilson, Nicole Arruda, and Amelia Karlsson. We hope to see everyone again with the same enthusiasm and vigor as this year for yet another successful Spring into STEM™!