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...
...then we got tarps down, tables and chairs up...
...our supplies organized...
...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!
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.
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.
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!