#GGC14 #DIYscizone Acts of Whimsy! Thank you, donors!

Oct 05 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

When we kicked-off fundraising for year two of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Science Zone, we also kicked-off a season of doing wacky things (AKA, 'Acts of Whimsy') to thank donors and celebrate monetary benchmarks.  Below is the collection of all the Acts of Whimsy done by zone volunteers.  Enjoy!

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The @DIYscizone was a hit at @GeekGirlCon!

Nov 03 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

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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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We're so close! #DIYscizone at @GeekGirlCon fundraising update!

Oct 04 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

For more information on the DIY Science Zone, please see the two posts below.

 

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

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I'll be listening to Nickelback. FOR SCIENCE!

Sep 14 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

Fundraising for the DIY Science Zone to GeekGirlCon started the Battle Of Nickelback.  This fight as shown there are three types of donors:

  1. Anti-NB contingent (my people!)
  2. NB fans
  3. The Pro-SufferRb team - those that don't like NB, but want to see me suffer

This battle has been a tough one.  I came very close to listening to the NB albums 'Curb' and 'The State'.  Each time, the anti-NB contingent was able to save me.  Sadly, I think I am doomed to listen to NB very soon...

To date, we've raised a total of $3320.  Who is wining?!  Pro-NB and Pro-SufferRb or anti-NB?

As of September 18, 2013 at 2:15 AM BST...

NB fans &  Pro-SufferRb with $2010 raised!

Team anti-NB is trailing behind with $1310.

That difference of $700 meant I had to listen to NB's third album 'Silver Side Up' on September 16th, taking care of $500.  That means NB fans and Team Pro-SufferRb have $200 toward me listening to NB's fourth album 'The Long Road'.  Unless... unless team anti-NB donates to save me!  Click below and make a donation, noting "NO NB!". Alternatively, you can tweet me after your donation saying you're trying to save me!

Are you team pro-NB and pro-SufferRb?  Want to make sure I have to listen to lots of Nickelback? Like their fourth album 'The Long Rode'? Click below and make a "YES NB!" donation.  Alternatively, you can tweet me after your donation to wish me "Happy listening!"

Either way, science wins!

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DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon needs YOU!

Sep 12 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

science zone

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.

DIYscizone Exploration TrackerAttendees 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!

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

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