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The @DIYscizone was a hit at @GeekGirlCon!

Nov 03 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

science zone

Last month, we brought the DIY Science Zone to GeekGirlCon (GGC) on October 19th & 20th.  It all started on by October 18th, when GGC volunteers  and Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) staff began transforming the WSCC into a geeky paradise.  The zone space started off like this...

zone before set up

...then we got tarps down, tables and chairs up...

zone after set-up

...our supplies organized...

 zone supplies

 ...and soon we were ready to offer GGC attendees a space to do the following experiments:

  • 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.

Bright and early on the first day of GGC, the zone crew assembled for a weekend of sciency goodness!

Back: @HeyDrWilson, Dr. Marie Villabara, @scicurious, @granade, @DrRubidium, @DrMRFrancis, @r343l, @noisyastronomer, & @DNLee5. Front: @Seelix, @tereshkova2001, & @lalsox.

Back: @HeyDrWilson, Dr. Marie Villabara, @scicurious, @granade, @DrRubidium, @DrMRFrancis, @r343l, @noisyastronomer, & @DNLee5. Front: @Seelix, @tereshkova2001, & @lalsox.


Attendees were given an 'Exploration Tracker' to document the completion of experiments.  This tracker also doubled 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.  The first 50 experimenters completing 3 projects received a cool coffee mug thanks to Chemical & Engineering News.

coffee mugs

Over the 19th and 20th, approximately 350 people visited the zone.  Fun and science was had by all!


In addition to providing a space for GGC attendees to get their hands dirty with science, attendees worked side-by-side with scientists and science teachers.  They got to see that scientists look just like them and that science is open to anyone.

Zone crew is ready for GGC day #2

Zone crew is ready for GGC day #2

The buzz during the con was that the zone was "the" place to be!  My goal is to bring the zone back to GGC next year - we're already cooking up new ideas!

On behalf of the DIY Science Crew, thanks to all our donors for making the zone possible!   As of October 24, 2013 at 4:05pm BST, we've raised $5667! Our minimum goal of $5000 has been reached and we're only $333 from our ultimate goal of $6000!  It is not too late to support the DIY Science Zone!

 Click on the button below to make a donation. Thank you!

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