Upcoming outreach opportunities

Women in Chemical Sciences at UW will be participating in several exciting outreach events in the next few months. We’ll provide supplies and are planning to coordinate transportation for all of these events, but we’re looking for volunteers!

Outreach planning meeting: We’re meeting this Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 in CHB 239. We’ll focus on putting together the chemistry mystery workshop for the Expanding Your Horizons conference, but we’ll also discuss other activities and future projects. The chemistry department has generously provided us with funding for outreach supplies, and we’re excited to expand our outreach efforts!

1. Echo Lake Science Night: 6:30-8:30 pm on Thursday, February 6th at Echo Lake Elementary School in Shoreline. This is an open-house setting with lots of hands-on exhibits for elementary school students. WCS-UW will be helping students make iridescent bookmarks with clear nail polish thin-films, demonstrating how the properties of materials change on the nanoscale. Contact Sarah (svorpahl@uw.edu) if you’re interested!

2. Greenwood Elementary Science and Health Fair: 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, February 27th at Greenwood Elementary School in north Seattle. This event needs judges for students’ science fair projects. Contact Heidi (hdnelson@uw.edu) if you’re interested!

3. Seattle Expanding Your Horizons Conference: 8:15 am-1:30 pm on Saturday, March 15th at Seattle University. This is a conference aimed at middle-school girls who are interested in science. This year, WCS-UW will be running a workshop in which students solve a mystery using chemistry! The conference also needs general volunteers to guide students around the event, serve pizza for lunch, etc. If you’re interested in helping plan our workshop and/or volunteering on the day of the event, contact Heidi (hdnelson@uw.edu).

4. Paws on Science: All day, weekend of April 4th-6th at the Pacific Science Center. This is an event where UW researchers from all departments show off their research for kids and families. WCS-UW will tentatively be collaborating with the Ginger group to present a booth with information and activities related to solar energy. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Sarah (svorpahl@uw.edu) and we’ll let you know more details as the event gets closer.

If you’re interested in any of these events, please let us know ASAP, since some of them need a volunteer headcount very soon. Also feel free to contact Sarah or Heidi with any questions!

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