On a cold Saturday morning over the weekend, thirteen brave graduate students went to Camp Tongawood in Tonganoxie KS to teach over 60 Girl Scouts about some crazy cool science!
We had modules on fungi, marine biology, plant fossils and plant pollinators, sea turtles, birding, model organisms, and famous women in biology. We also had STEM archery run by Camp Tongawood as a practical lesson in math and physics.
The goal of the expo is to expose Girl Scouts to different fields of STEM disciplines as well as introduce them to real, living scientists. The Expo was started last year and organized by two graduate students, Kaila Colyott and Andrew Mongue. All of the activities prioritize interactive activities over lecturing, which includes looking at real specimens, using microscopes, making pollen presses, and even peeling their own plant fossil!