While hanging out in the design-your-own-game room at GeekGirlCon 2012, I thought to myself...
What if we had a do-it-yourself (DIY) science zone at GeekGirlCon 2013?
- with chemistry!
- with biology!
- with physics!
- with math!
- with engineering!
Where adults and kids could go to get their hands dirty with a half a dozen or so fast projects under the tutealage of scientists. Where adults and kids could have some fun, learn some science, and walk away wanting to know/do more science!
AM I CRAZY?!
Probably. This would require 6-8 scientists to run, plus projects and supplies. And, of course, money. But how awesome would it be to have a DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon?!
GeekGirlCon (GGC) is October 19 - 20, 2013. Ideally, the DIY Science Zone would be open both days from opening until one hour before closing with a lunch break at noon.
The zone would offer 4-6 projects/experiments, each managed by a scientist. Each scientist is responsible for designing or selecting an project/experiment that's suitable for kids and adults, can be completed in 30 - 60 min, and won't break the bank if 200 people want to do it. Scientists need to provide the science background and help participants with their project/experiment. At a minimum, a particular project/experiment would be offered twice each day. A schedule of projects/experiments would be listed in the GGC programming guide and posted in the conference center.
Let's talk money. We'll need travel and hotel for scientists - these folks are donating their time, so this seems fair. We'll need money for the supplies. I'm thinking sponsorship and/or Kickstarter!