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!
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.
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
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!