MIT Women in Chemistry hosts second annual Scientist for a Day camp

Middle school girls from the Cambridge area spend an afternoon on campus, participating in hands-on scientific experiments.

See coverage and photos from our second annual Scientist for a Day camp for middle school girls from MIT News and the Department of Chemistry.

Nicole decants carbon dioxide into a bottle, which was later exposed to light to demonstrate how carbon dioxide retains heat in a small-scale version of the greenhouse effect.

Girls Day at the MIT Museum

Extracting chlorophyll from spinach leaves — hands-on demonstration run by WIC at last year’s Girls Day.

The MIT Museum will be holding its annual Girls Day on March 4th! This year’s theme is math. Last year WIC ran a booth where students could extract the chlorophyll from spinach leaves and observe how it fluoresces (red!) under UV light. It’s very exciting to see a photo from our demo used to promote this year’s event!

More information at the MIT Museum website:

WIC volunteers help make Science on Saturday a success!

WIC co-president Michelle at Science on Saturday: Chemistry

Thanks to all the volunteers from WIC and the chemistry department who helped with the main presentation as well as demonstration tables at the Chemistry Science on Saturday. An estimated 1,000 people showed up despite the cold weather!

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Upcoming WIC Outreach Event – Girls Day at the MIT Museum!

WIC will be participating in Girls Day at the MIT Museum on November 7th, 2015! The theme this year is It’s Not Magic, It’s Science! and features groups from chemistry and materials science. We will have two WIC members giving short talks about their path in science and a group of us running fun, interactive activities based on fluorescence, protein folding and denaturation, and magnetism. ClubChem and Dr. Patti Christie will also be participating. This fun event is geared towards ages 10+, so help us spread the word and engage more girls in STEM!

Check out the website for full details and the event schedule:

Stay tuned for other opportunities to participate in WIC Outreach events: service opportunity at Rosie’s Place in Boston and the new WIC Chemistry Day Camp for local area girls!