Girls Rock Science
Sat., Sept. 19
10 am–4 pm
See how women and girls excel in science with a day full of inspiration and learning adventures at Girls Rock Science! Kids will enjoy activities showing how science ROCKS through educational programming in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Free with general admission, the family-friendly event features:
- STEM Role Models: Ever wonder what a scientist or an engineer does? Ask them! Have conversations with female STEM professionals and find out what inspired them.
- Citizen Science: Put your brain to work and contribute to scientific research by identifying landscapes on Mars, counting pelicans at a nesting colony on the Great Salt Lake, or identifying kelp forests in satellite photographs.
- Coding with Cozmo: Can you help a charismatic robot complete a maze? Learn basic block coding with Cozmo, a lovable robot that will steal your heart.
- Engineering Challenge: Try your hand at building a tower or bridge that can meet some unusual requirements. Roll up your sleeves and get creative!
- Strawberry DNA: DNA is the genetic code found in everything from bacteria to people. Put your lab skills to the test by extracting globs of DNA from strawberries.
- Water Purification: Almost one billion people in the world lack clean drinking water. See how chemistry transforms polluted water into safe water for people who live in remote areas – or in areas impacted by natural disasters.
- (11 am) Girls Rock Science Panel Discussion: Join five brilliant female STEM professionals in a conversation about their inspirations, their experiences in the STEM workforce, and the advice they have for girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. The panel discussion will be streamed in the Works Theater and to Carnegie Science Center’s Facebook Live.
- Panelists include:
- Carla Rosenfeld, Assistant Curator of Earth Sciences, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Rana Zakerzeadeh, Assistant Professor at the Rangos School of Health Sciences and Engineering, Duquesne University
- Bonnie McGill, Science Communication Fellow, Climate Rural Systems Partnership, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Lindsey Holland, Senior Technical Program Manager, Argo AI
- Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Senior Director of Research Partnerships, College of Engineering; Executive Director, Next Manufacturing Center; Executive Director, Manufacturing Futures Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
- Panelists include:
- Virtual Tour of Allegheny Observatory: Get a behind the scenes look at Allegheny Observatory with Dr. Sandhya Rao. Dr. Rao will talk about her research into the evolution of galaxies and show off the observatory’s huge telescope.
Due to local and national health department guidance, building occupancy is limited to 15%. Reserve your timed ticket in advance at CarnegieScienceCenter.org/Pricing. Please also see the safety guidelines in place to learn what is being done to ensure safe and fun experiences for all visitors.
Courtesy of the IF/THEN® Collection, hear the stories from inspiring female role models – from a biological engineer to a professional women’s hockey player and architect.