On March 23rd, YWIB Atlanta was thrilled to return to the Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo! 22 volunteers (both WIB Atlanta chapter members and undergraduate students from Agnes Scott College) facilitated the activities at the YWIB booth for an estimated 400 visitors. The culminating event of the two-week festival, the Exploration Expo was a free event that drew over 25,000 people to Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta for a fun-filled day. The Expo featured over 100 interactive activities and performances celebrating the excitement, diversity, and influence of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Atlanta.
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To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Atlanta chapter hosted a booth that showcased demonstrations corresponding to famous women in the history science. In honor of naturalist and illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), visitors to the booth in the morning dissected flowers in order to discover the flowers’ anatomy and how each part contributes to reproduction. Afternoon visitors had the opportunity to extract DNA from strawberries in honor of Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), whose contributions to the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA paved the way for today’s study of genetics. Visitors were able to learn more about these influential women through discussions with volunteers and handouts to take home. This was a phenomenal event and we hope to return next year!