Girls’ Science Takes Us To The Moon!
By Asha Bucklin, Communications Manager
During Summer Camp KftB has a special Girls Science Session where we highlight women’s accomplishments to empower young girls to love science! According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, “in 2011, women made up 26 percent of the science workforce(1)” and we know that the more women in STEM the better!
The week consisted of tons of fun hands-on science and adventures including a kayaking adventure on the San Francisco Bay, experiments to learn how salt and fresh water combine in the San Francisco Bay estuary, and a visit to the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley. Our Adventurer and Explorer campers were enthralled with the experiments and activities at the Hall.
One of the exhibits featured a mock moon base where the campers were encouraged to use the Legos to create structures like a Lunar Rover, a telescope or whatever they could imagine! The girls set to work making moon cars, houses, and other structures. A group of three young scientists were sitting on the floor with all green Legos. They had decided to make a greenhouse because they “wanted to live on the moon, but needed a way to create oxygen for all their friends and pets!”
Students then went on to look at moving dinosaur skeletons, interactive phases of the moon, and more! It was a great time and a fascinating Field Trip for our campers and counselors!