SMART Girls Unite! 2021
On May 22nd, 2021, the program held our annual SMART Girls Unite! Event for SMART Girls who had participated in the SMART Girls Club at their participating school or virtual program. This event was specifically curated with the SMART Girls to celebrate the completion of SMART Girls Club 2020 – 2021.The event was held at Southeast Community College Education Square, the space accommodated the number of girls enrolled in the event, provided an educational environment, and exposure to an institution of higher education. The event featured and highlighted women in S.T.E.M. who contributed S.T.E.M. activities for the SMART Girls.
Dr. Angela McKinney, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University, did an activity around blood typing, blood testing, antibodies, and antigens. The SMART Girls learned about their own blood type, were able to use synthetic blood to watch an agglutination reaction occur, and help solve an investigation using blood analysis.
Dr. Martha Morton, Ph.D., Director of Research Instrumentation in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, did a demonstration on sublimation from dry ice and liquid nitrogen. Also, as the Nebraska ACS (American Chemical Society) and Midwest Regional Meeting Chair, she passed out youth magazine called Celebrating Chemistry, that encourages youth to engage with chemistry activities and topics.
The SMART Girls program has collaborated with the Noyce Scholars of Doane University throughout the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The Noyce Scholarship program prepares S.T.E.M. majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Both Noyce Scholars, Jazzmyn and Ally provided activities based around their own majors and passion, botany and math. As well as talked about their education and experience as women in S.T.E.M.
After the career exploration and S.T.E.M. activities, we took the SMART Girls at the event to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. At the SMART Girls were able to ride the train, feed the goats, llamas, alpacas, and giraffes, and learn more about the animals that reside at the zoo.
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