Why I love @GeekGirlCon's #DIYscizone

Aug 27 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

Because of moments like this...

Captain America (@tereshkova2001) helping folks make slime

Captain America (@tereshkova2001) helping folks make slime

...and this...

...and this...

@lousycanuck brought randomness to the zone

@lousycanuck brought randomness to the zone

...and this...

...and this...

...and this... (@Geo_Miles bringing geology to the zone!)

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...and even more moments over at our 2015 DIY Science Zone Flickr album.

The DIY Science Zone started with games - specifically, GeekGirlCon's Gaming Zone. That zone had a design-your-own game room and I thought, "What if we had a Science Zone?" That was back in 2012. The DIY Science Zone premiered at the 2013 GeekGirlCon and now we're entering our 4th year!

The DIY Science Zone is a labor of love - like the rest of GeekGirlCon, which is run by volunteers. The success of the zone depends on the awesomest con attendees in the universe*, scientists and educators that volunteer to work in the zone, all sorts of GeekGirlCon staffers (like me!), and donors.

The DIY Science Zone would not be possible without donations. Donations fund 100% of the zone's budget from coating used to protect the conference center's floor, to wall signs directed attendees to science. Our yearly goal is $6,000 and this year we've raised $1,750 so far!

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Thanks to donors, we can bring 12+ experiments and the best science educators to the zone!  This year, we're in a space 4x as large so we can go BIG for science! Want to help us make our 4th year super?! PRESS THE BUTTON! FOR SCIENCE!

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A donation isn't the only way to help. Spread the word about the DIY Science Zone by sharing this post on your social media platforms using #DIYscizone. Thank you!

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*Bold claim, but GeekGirlCon attendees are the illest

This post was updated 27 August 2016.

 

 

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#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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In which I do acts of whimsy... FOR SCIENCE!

Aug 25 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

The DIY Science Zone is back for GeekGirlCon 2014! You know what that means!

  • There will be an fun place at GGC '14 for attendees to get their hands dirty with science!
  • This zone will be staffed by a crew of talented scientists and science educators!
  • We need to raise $6000 and will do acts of whimsy to show our gratitude! As of 9 September 2014, $3393.50 has been raised.

What acts of whimsy will I be doing? To celebrate the first $100, I wore a tiara at work. Since we crossed the $500 mark, I'll be running the CASA Donut Dash on September 14th in this Wonder Woman ensemble.

...but that's not all! Last year, I subjected myself to Nickelback to raise money for the DIY Science Zone.  This year, it's Pink Floyd.

Me too, bro

That's right, I don't like Pink Floyd.  But! I will listen to Pink Floyd - FOR SCIENCE!  For every $1000 the pro-Pink Floyd ("Go PF") camp raises, I'll listen to an entire band album.  I can be saved from listening to Pink Floyd, if the anti-Pink Floyd ("No PF") camp offers up counter donations.  It's Go PF vs. No PF!  Here's how you can make be listen to Pink Floyd or save me from it:

Go PF or No PF, the winner will be science!  No donation is too small and every dollar helps!  Thanks to all our wonderful donors. Yes, even the Go PF ones...

UPDATE!  Go PF camp has raised $595 to get me to listen to Pink Floyd.  The NO PF camp? $275.  Gotta say, last year, Nickelback fans were all about throwing money at the zone. Pink Floyd fans? Um...

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Off to #dragoncon I go!

Jul 23 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

DragonCon science

This is the year of multi-genre con madness! First, Emerald City Comicon, then CONvergence, now Dragon Con, and soon GeekGirlCon!  Why multi-genre cons? Because they've got big audiences of hardcore fans that are passionate about every aspect of the genre they love. That's prime science outreach territory!  Breaking Bad fans want to know about meth synthesis methods. Song of Ice and Fire Fans want to know about poisons. Zombie fans want to know how to survive.  Oh, and I'm a HUGE fan. Of zombies, Star Trek, Star Wars, BSG, GoT, Locke & Key, Firefly, all the camp that is the SyFy Original Movie, and much, much more!

Dragon Con's Science Track, led by the fabulous Stephen Granade, has great programming on deck for this year's con!  Check-out the full schedule here.  I'll be participating in the following...


Fri 2030: Zombies and Vampires and Mummies — Oh My! | Location: 202 - Hilton
The undead fascinate us, but what does “undead” mean? Are all undead monsters created equal? Panel scientists will examine life, death, and undeath.
Raychelle Burks, Lali DeRosier, Emily Finke, and Kristopher Hite

Sat 2200The (Non) Science of SyFy Movies | LocationGrand Ballroom West - Hilton
SyFy movies contains some…unique ideas about science. Our scientists discuss the real science, with special guest star SHARKNADO.
David Shiffman, Rachel Pendergrass, Raychelle Burks, Lali DeRosier, and Lisa Hoopes
(Note that this will run in a ballroom while other panels continue in the track room)

Sun 1000The Hands-On Science Power Hour! | LocationAtlanta - Sheraton
Give us an hour and we’ll give you a science buffet! We’ve got twelve hands-on experiments for you to try. How many can you do in an hour?
(Note that this will run in a ballroom while other panels continue in the track room)

Sun 1300Ask a Scientist! Location: Atlanta - Sheraton
You’ve got science questions? We’ve got science answers! Ask our panel of expert scientists anything you want to know about science.
Mika McKinnon, John Cmar, Pamela Gay, Raychelle Burks, David Shiffman, Stephen Granade (moderator)

Sun 2200: The Solve for X Science ShowLocation: Grand Ballroom East - Hilton
Puppet show, PowerPoint karaoke, quiz game, storytelling: the scientists are loose, and nobody knows what could happen next.  Find out more here

 

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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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DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon needs YOU!

Sep 12 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

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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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UPDATE: The Battle of Nickelback - FOR SCIENCE!

Sep 01 2013 Published by under Uncategorized

A motley crew (not the Mötley Crüe) have asked for your help to bring a DIY Science Zone to GeekGirlCon.  In exchange for your donations, this motley crew are offering to perform acts of whimsy.  One of these acts of whimsy is actually controversial - mainly because it might cause the doer (that's me!) serious harm.

Yes, I am talking about my promise to listen to a different Nickelback album for each $500 raised.  Concerned for my safety, @docfreeride donated to the zone but against any Nickelback exposure.  Thus, the Battle of Nickelback was born!  Is it simply Nickelback (NB) fans vs. the anti-NB contingent? NO! A third group has emerged! A group that doesn't like NB, but simply wants to see me suffer.  I call this team 'Pro-SufferRb'....

It's been a fierce battle so far.  I came very close to listening to NB's first album 'Curb', but the anti-NB saved me.   'The State', NB's second album, is all cued up... how close am I to a NB session?

To date, we've raised a total of $2065.  Who is wining?!  Pro-NB and Pro-SufferRb or anti-NB?

As of September 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM BST...

Anti-Nickelback fans, with $1050 raised!

Teams pro-NB and pro-SufferRb are trailing behind with $1015.

That means the anti-NB peeps have saved me from 'The State'.

What's even MOAR awesome?! People are donating $5, $10, $20, and more to help us bring science to GeekGirlCon!  With nearly $2000 raised, our goal of $5000 seems within reach!

Now, team anti-NB, you know what you need to do!  Once pro-NB and pro-SufferRb teams hear we're kicking their a**, they may rally... Click below and make a donation, noting "NO NB".

Dear teams pro-NB and pro-SufferRb...

debbie_umad

 

Channel that anger to your index finger, click below, and make a "YES NB!" donation...

Either way, science wins!

 

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