Next month, we're bringing the DIY Science Zone to GeekGirlCon (GGC)! Last year, over 4000 attendees Washington State Convention Center to celebrate geek culture and science played a mayor role. This year, we're launching a lab space where attendees can do experiments with the help of over a dozen scientists and science teachers from a range of disciplines.
What will the zone offer?
- DNA extraction made easy!
- Are you bitter? A genetic taste test.
- Magic breath! Acid-base chemistry of the body.
- CSI: GGC! Finding latent prints using ninhydrin.
- Coffee ground fossils! Perfect for Seattle.
- Neuron know-how! Build your own & learn how they work.
- Slime-to-go! Make your own bag of goo.
- Making craters! Please bring your own sound effects.
- Dancing raisins! No choreography skills required.
- Nature notebooks! A mix of art & nature.
Attendees will be given an 'Exploration Tracker' to document the completion of experiments. This tracker doubles as a prize entry, thanks to the support of ThinkGeek! By completing 3 projects, attendees could win a Portal 2 PotatOS Science Kit, an Edible Chemistry Kit, or a the Common Cold!
Not only will attendees get hands-on experience, they'll get to work side-by-side with scientists and science teachers. Why is this side-by-side interaction important?
I tend to forget that most people don’t know scientists personally or ever meet them. Is it any wonder that, when asked to draw a scientist, many kids draw an older white dude with Doc Brown hair? It’s pervasive enough that characters on The Big Bang Theory were going to be in lab coats before the showrunners met actual science graduate students and realized that t-shirts and jeans were more common. One way to combat that stereotype is to let people meet actual scientists... We’ve got younger and older scientists. Most of our team is female; many are not Caucasian. I want people to realize that science is open to anyone.
~Dr. Stephen Granade, DIY Science Zone volunteer
To realize the full potential of the DIY Science zone, we need to raise $5000-6000.
As of October 24, 2013 at 4:05pm BST, we've raised $5667! Our minimum goal of $5000 has been reached! We're only $333 from our ultimate goal of $6000! Think a donation of$5 is too little? Think again! Every donation counts. If 67 of you donated $5 or 34 of you donated $10, our ultimate goal of $6000 would be reached!
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