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October 26, 2010 > Girls rule at Math & Science Discovery Day

Girls rule at Math & Science Discovery Day

By Miriam G. Mazliach
Photos By Mary Lynn Pelican

Are you interested in a morning of excitement and fun or hands-on math and science adventures? If so, don't delay in signing up in advance for the Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day on Saturday, November 6.

The Fremont Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring its 22nd event for fifth and sixth grade girls. This interactive day of workshops provides young students with an invaluable opportunity to learn and explore the fields of Math and Science with their moms, while participating in a variety of educational and entertaining activities.

Students may prioritize their preferences to select five workshops from among those offered. The cost is $22 per mother/daughter pair ($12 for each additional 5th or 6th grade daughter). AAUW will provide snacks and beverages as well as a folder with fun stuff to take home.

Established in 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) was created to ensure that women receive an equal opportunity for education and the local Fremont branch has been an active community fixture for over 40 years.

Working with a committee, Miriam Keller created Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day in the early 1990's. "I read that women were getting more B.A. degrees than men; however, in one area it didn't hold true. Only 22 percent of women receive degrees in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We still have a way to go in this field and that's why AAUW will continue as long as our members' interests lie in this direction," says Keller.

Another similar event will be held on February 26 for third and fourth grade girls in the Tri-City area.

AAUW hopes that these events will help give girls more needed exposure to Math and Science and encourage future careers in these fields.

The November 6 workshop selections are:

Planetarium: Introduction to Astronomy and a presentation at Hopkins' planetarium.

Groovy Records and Spookly Bubbles: Experience transitions from bubbles to dry ice, in various stages.

Building a Better Bridge: Using basic physics information, students will construct a bridge with paper, pennies and books for support.

Kitchen Chemistry: Food experiments dealing with acids and bases.

Come to the Bone Zone: Learning about the skeletal system.

Engineering the Tallest Tower: Use dry spaghetti and tape to create the highest tower.

Brain Teasers and Math Plexers: Problem-solving activities.

Read Between the Lines with Vital Signs: With the assistance of a nurse, learn how to take accurate temperatures, pulse rates and blood pressure.

Levers and Pulleys: Can You Lift Your Mom With One Hand? In this session, learning about the concepts of fulcrums and levers, will enable the daughters to lift their mothers using only one finger.

Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day
(For 5th and 6th grade girls)
Saturday, November 6
8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Hopkins Jr. High
600 Driscoll Road, Fremont
Information: (510) 683-9377

Fees: $22 per mother/daughter pair. Checks payable to Fremont Branch AAUW should be mailed to Elin Thomas, 33290 Pheasant Street, Fremont, 94555. For registration questions call (510) 471-6934 or email Registration must be received by October 30. After that date, please call to check on space availability.

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