Super Science Saturday attracting 100 girls

West Chester University’s annual Super Science Saturday will welcome 100 girls in grades six through 12 who share a passion for science.

West Chester University's Super Science Saturday will expose girls to the excitement of scientific careers.

West Chester University's Super Science Saturday will expose girls to the excitement of scientific careers.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the girls will conduct hands-on experiments and projects. New this year, organizer Karen Schwarz, an astronomer and associate professor in WCU’s Earth and Space Sciences Department, is bringing two women engineers into the mix, in part through her connection with the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, a university press release said.

Schwarz has separated the high school girls from those in middle school so that presenting scientists are able to create more age-appropriate programming.

“Studies have shown that girls start to lose interest in science as they enter middle school,” Schwarz said in the release. “Our goal is to educate girls about the various careers that are available in the STEM fields [science, technology, engineering, math] and show them that science can be fun.”

She will be joined by a number of the university’s other women faculty scientists in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology and astronomy, math, and physics.

Participants will hear from professional women in science about specific careers, successes, and how they overcame hurdles. They will also learn from WCU women science students not that much older than themselves about the interesting and challenging aspects of studying and preparing for careers in science. Schwarz hopes to shatter some stereotypes, such as scientists being stuck in labs all their lives or geologists always getting dirty while digging up rocks, the release said.

Interactive sessions include activities that are designed to spark curiosity about math and science content including creating virtual worlds on the computer, looking at the motions of flocks and swarms, and solving pet mysteries in veterinary science.

Super Science Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Activities take place in Merion Science Center, 720 S. Church Street. For additional information, click here.

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