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Washburn University Women in Science Day - October 6

Media Instructions: Media must check in with event staff outside the Washburn Room, Memorial Union, before taking photographs. Students whose parents have signed a photography release will have specially marked nametags.

Lab activities will take place 9:40-10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m. in a variety of locations across campus including Stoffer Science Hall, Petro Allied Health Center, Henderson Learning and Resources Center and Morgan Hall. 

Information and locations will be provided when you check in.

10/01/15 01:10 pm CDT
"How life is affected by a missing sense. "

The properties of microwaved marshmallows, designing an edible volcano and connecting electrical circuits are just a few of the 22 different labs designed to bolster an interest in science for seventh grade girls at the ninth annual Women in Science Day event on Tuesday, October 6 at Washburn University.

Approximately 250 seventh graders from nine area schools are expected to attend the event which is designed to demonstrate the practical applications in everyday life of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Studies indicate girls perform as well as boys in math and science throughout elementary school, but begin to lose interest in such courses in junior high and high school. Presentations will be made by professional female scientists and the girls will be able to participate in hands-on laboratory activities.

School represented at the event will be Jackson Heights, Shawnee Heights, Christ the King, Most Pure Heart of Mary, Seaman, West (Lawrence), French, Perry Lecompton and Mission Valley.

The event is sponsored by Washburn University (including Chartwells Dining Services, Washburn Memorial Union, Washburn Center for Student Success, Washburn College of Arts and Sciences, Ichabod Shop, Biology Club and Chemistry Club).  Co-sponsors include U.S. Geological Survey, Kansas Water Office, Capitol Federal, National Weather Service, Zonta International, KU Athletics, Washburn Foundation, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and KU Association for Women Geoscientists.

Two speakers will meet with the participants in the Washburn Room of the Memorial Union.  The speakers will be:


10:45 AM: Coach Andrea Hudy, KU Athletics, University of Kansas

Lab activities will take place 9:40–10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:50 p.m., with the majority of labs offered both in the morning and the afternoon.  Topics are:

  • “Who Dunnit” Analytical techniques used in crime laboratories.
  • “Mighty Mutualisms: The Nature of Plant Partnerships” Exploring plants that team up.
  • “Why Do You Run So Fast?”  Fitness testing and training tips.
  • “CELL-U-LeARn” Different characteristics of cells.
  • “Make Your Connection With Electrical Circuits” Turn on lights, fans and other devices.
  • “Toss Out Your ‘Salad’-monella” The perils of food poisoning.
  • “We’ve Got a Bleeder!”  Insights into proper wound care.
  •  “What’s in That Dirty Mouth?  The microorganisms within us.
  • “What Lies Beneath” The unique physical properties of water.
  • “How to Save a Life: The Science Behind CPR” The science behind the action of CPR.
  • “Let’s Make Some Weather!” Includes lightning, fog and thunderstorms.
  •  “Living Your Life “Senseless” To the Fullest” How life is affected by a missing sense.
  •  “Have a Heart (and Lungs) The normal anatomy of hearts and lungs of animals.
  • “What Lies Beneath” Physical properties of lake water.
  • “Debunking Kansas Stereotypes with Maps” Using web maps and GIS to look at Kansas maps.
  • “Volcanoes!” Build your own exploding volcano!
  • “Things Aren’t Always as They Seem: Discovering Reality with Psychological Science” Be a participant in a psychology lab experiment.
  • “Peep Your Interest” Make some edible playdough out of those ubiquitous marshmallow treats.
  • “Secret Codes” Send and detect secret codes.
  • “Observing the Nearest Star” Analyze different characteristics of the sun.
  • “Playing Games With Algorithms” Design an algorithm for a fun game.
  • “How Acidic Is It” Determine the pH of everyday household items.



Susan Bjerke
Associate Professor of Biology

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