Celebrate ‘International Women and Girls in Science Day’ with hands-on activities and experiments! Meet local scientists and hear from Jenny Tung, associate professor of biology at Duke University, during this FREE program open to everyone.
In 2015, the United Nations selected Feb. 11 as ‘International Women and Girls in Science Day’ in order to further achieve gender equality and encourage more female participation in science.
Explore the world of pottery mending, learn about animal training and see live bees and turtles at this special celebration!Save the date on Facebook
- Girls Do Science: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Meet local scientists and participate in cool experiments!
- American Society of Microbiology: DNA extraction from strawberries
- Association of Women Geoscientists – Northern Florida Chapter: Learn how to take field notes and identify specimens
- Florida Museum’s Ceramic Technology Lab: Hands-on exploration of archaeology with pottery mending, pottery decorating and microscope work
- Florida Museum’s Invertebrate Paleontology Collection: Learn about echinoderms (the phylum that contains, starfish, sand dollars, sea urchins, etc) from past and present and make your own to take home
- Florida Museum’s McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity: Lepidoptera coloring books, DIY augmented reality butterflies, live caterpillars, insect specimens and pinning demonstration
- Natural Resources Diversity Initiative: Interact with LIVE animals and discover common field techniques and practice with interactive displays.
- North Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience: See brain specimens and “make your own brain hat”
- Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo: Play an animal training or behavioral observation game
- Society of Women Engineers: Build a snap circuit
- Swamp Launch Rocket Team: Learn about aerodynamics while building and decorating paper airplanes
- The Marjorie: Discover Florida women’s contributions to environmental science
- United States Geological Survey: Test your knowledge on invasive species, dress up as a lab or field scientist and learn how scientists study aquatic animals
- UF Department of Astronomy: Learn about the sun, moon and planets with scale models
- UF Department of Biology: Use binoculars to identify birds and see how much a baby bird weighs with a weight station
- UF Divisions of Polymer Chemistry and Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (POLY/PMSE): Learn about polymers and the elastic/inelastic behavior of silly putty
- UF’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab: See all stages of bee metamorphosis and learn more about bee frames and nutrition
- UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute: Hominid mandible measurement lab that analyzes fossil hominids to infer diet.
- Jenny Tung is an evolutionary anthropologist and geneticist who is investigating the connection between social experiences and health. Join us for her presentation on “The Social Lives of Genomes: Lessons from our Primate Cousins.”
- Tung was selected as a 2019 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship is an annual cash award given to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential. The purpose of the program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.
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