Synthesis of a frozen colloid --- more commonly known as the chemical reaction in the making of ice cream -- is one of the presentations designed to bolster an interest in science for seventh grade girls at the seventh annual Women in Science Day event on Oct. 8 at Washburn University.
Approximately 246 seventh graders from 10 area schools are expected to attend the event which is designed to demonstrate the practical applications in everyday life of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Studies indicate girls perform as well as boys in math and science throughout elementary school, but begin to lose interest in such courses in junior high and high school. Presentations will be made by professional female scientists and the girls will be able to participate in hands-on laboratory activities.
School represented at the event will be Carbondale Middle School, Holton Area Gifted Program, Jackson Heights Middle School, McLouth Middle School, Perry-Lecompton Middle School, Robinson Middle School (Topeka), Shawnee Heights Middle School, Southwest Middle School (Lawrence), Topeka Collegiate and West Middle School (Lawrence).
The event is sponsored by Washburn University. Co-sponsors include U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Office, Capitol Federal, National Weather Service, Zonta International, Ichabod Shop, KU Athletics, Washburn Foundation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Chartwells Dining Services, KU Association for Women Geoscientists, Washburn Biology Club and Washburn Chemistry Club.
Two speakers will meet with the participations in the Washburn Room. The topics and speakers will be:
9 a.m.: “Rubber Chicken Science,” Teresa McDonald and Bekkah Lampe, Museum University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute. Washburn Room, Memorial Union
10:45 a.m.: “KU Athletics,” Andrea Hudy, assistant director, sports performance, KU.
Lab activities will take place 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m., with the majority of labs offered both in the morning and the afternoon. Topics are: