Together with WIB and YWIB, LivOnyx Inc. and Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) fueled curiosity and scientific thinking for a group of 22 girls on May 23, 2017, at M2D2’s Canal Street location in Lowell. The event, “How Do Scientists Do Science?” encouraged the girls to nurture their natural curiosity, learn about the many facets of life in the world of STEM, think about and solve problems while learning the most fundamental skill every scientist needs to know - the scientific method.
The girls’ visit included a tour of the labs within M2D2, hearing stories from women scientists, and using the scientific method to explore whether different brands of paper towels live up to their claims. The visit ended with a pizza party during which the girls engaged in a Q&A session with women in science.
Carmela Mascio, Co-Founder and President of LivOnyx, Inc., led the girls through the hands-on activity. She believes it is critical to ignite girls’ curiosity in the life sciences and provide a glimpse into careers in STEM: “If we can measure success by the number of times we heard ‘OH COOL!’ a squeal of delight, or the number of smiles around the room, I think we can safely say the event was a BIG success!” Suzanne Grillo, Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations, at Boston Children's Hospital Trust, who volunteered during the event added, “The girls truly enjoyed the hands-on experiment, and the amount of energy and enthusiasm in the room was infectious … [the volunteers] are a true inspiration for these young women, and I believe that the impact these career education events have on the girls can be life-changing.”
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