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Tulane University hopes to inspire middle school girls through day of science fun

Tulane University

Tulane University

What: A workshop designed to pique the interest of middle school girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) About 120 girls from schools across metro New Orleans will spend the day at Tulane University participating in a variety of experiments, including “Fluids, Bubbles and Slime,” “What Makes a Banana,” “The Great Frog Leap,” and “The Missing Tooth.”

Who: Donata Henry, professor of practice in ecology and evolutionary biology, is leading the GIST (Girls in STEM at Tulane) program, with professors, graduate students and undergraduate students leading the workshops and serving as mentors.

Where: Percival Stern Hall, Caroline Richardson Building, Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology and the Science & Engineering Lab Complex, all on Tulane’s Uptown campus.

When: Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More: Women represent 50 percent of the population and capacity for innovation in the United States, but they represent only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, according to the Association for Women in Science. The Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls, is working to increase participation of women and girls in the sciences by expanding opportunities for formal and informal learning experiences, encouraging mentoring by female scientists and supporting efforts to retain women in the STEM workforce. A community engagement grant through the Newcomb College Institute is supporting GIST’s first event.

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