Expanding Horizons

Seattle University Welcomed Hundreds of Middle-School Girls
2011-03-18
By Jennifer Sorensen
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Photo Credit: Becca Bregel

More than 400 6th – 8th grade girls from Washington and Oregon gathered on campus last weekend, for hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They learned statistics by using M&Ms, created their own erupting volcanoes and dissected sheep hearts.  

Local professional women from a variety of fields led 40 workshops, addressing everything from the chemistry of fireworks to the truth behind lotion labels. Participants also learned how to write a computer code to create geometric fractals, examined archeological artifacts, investigated DNA sequences of dolphins and whales and built gliders to understand aerodynamics.    

The mission of the annual event is to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers by exposing them to role models and engaging scientific activities.