On March 29, 2019, students from Alcovy High School came to Agnes Scott College and spent the day attending classes, touring the campus, and participating in different STEM activities with ASC faculty and students. The 20 high school students in attendance were members of the “Gifted Girls” group at Alcovy. The Agnes Scott students who organized the day are representatives of the Generating Excellence in Math and Science (GEMS) living and learning community. This annual event was established by an Agnes Scott College alum to give students from her alma mater the chance to experience STEM resources not available to them otherwise.
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For the WIB sponsored activity, students learned about green chemistry and renewable feedstock resources. Students used a plastic cup made from poly-lactic acid and performed base hydrolysis to break the polymer down into lactic acid monomers. The solution was then neutralized and can now be used as a safe, sustainable, household cleaning product. Students were able to bottle the cleaning product and take it home.
Students from both Alcovy and Agnes Scott showed significant interest in learning about the WIB organization and the GEMS were thrilled to have a national organization backing their event as a co-sponsor. The group picture shows students holding cups, cleaning products and the blue WIB keychains, and many are wearing their WIB pins.