Author: Elizabeth Hassan | Category: Community Outreach | March 09, 2016
School of Biomedical Sciences was asked to host a room at the annual Introduce
a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival on Saturday, Feb. 27 at UT Austin.
There were over 5,000 kindergarten to 8th grade girls in attendance. Paul Dowell, Andrew Lai, Mikaela Sifuentes, Kristen
Weismantel, and myself all volunteered to represent the graduate school at this
room focused on getting girls thinking about science and what about science
We had interactive poll questions for the girls to
answer, we asked the girls to draw what a scientist looks like to them, and we
took “selfies with a scientist.”
Throughout the day, several hundred girls and
their parents come through the room.
It was an
amazing day filled with energy and excitement! The young girls we encountered
were truly interested in science. Many of the them were eager to ask us
questions about what we do in science and how we got to where we are.
received questions on a multitude of topics, including the brain, genetics,
animals, and technology. It was extremely inspiring to meet so many young
girls with a passion for STEM, and a determination to be educated and to succeed.
hope that we were able to inspire the girls to pursue their interests and gave
them a real life perspective on what completing higher education in science is
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