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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB Visits Nanotechnology Company Pixelligent LLC, December 6, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Baltimore area middle school girls (6th through 8th grade) attended an excellent event on December 6, 2016, to learn about nanotechnology at the Baltimore based company Pixelligent Technologies, LLC.

Pixelligent is an advanced materials company that delivers next generation optical materials for demanding applications in solid-state lighting, flat panel displays, and optical components.

Students learned about nanotechnology, toured the labs and production facility, and had a round table discussion with the women scientists. They learned about career paths of women scientists, and the major subjects those scientists took in college to be successful in their roles in the nanotechnology industry.

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB Kitchen Science Series at Harford County Public Library, April 23, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

The WIB-Capital Region Kitchen Science Series on April 23, 2016, at the Harford County Public Library (HCPL), Edgewood Branch was a fun and educational day. Youth Women In Bio (YWIB) presented the “Layer Magic! Rainbow in a Jar” experiment in coordination with the STEM program at Harford County Public Library.

Young ladies, ranging in age from 5 years old to high school freshmen, were guided through a fun and simple experiment in density, building a liquid rainbow by first dying liquids of different densities different colors of the rainbow with food coloring and then layering these liquids (from most to least dense) on top of each other in a clear plastic jar. Our rainbows consisted of normal household items: corn syrup, dish detergent, olive oil, water, and rubbing alcohol. After creating our “rainbows,” we compared the densities of the different liquids to solids, including sponges, wine corks, pennies, and grapes. During the experiment our YWIB volunteers talked about their own careers in the biological sciences and answered any general questions the ladies had about careers, density, or science in general.

The children had a great time and were able to take a colorful piece of science home with them. We thank all of our volunteers. Specifically, we would like to thank HCPL for advertising and hosting our event. In all, the library event provided a great opportunity to reach out to younger children in the Harford County community and educate them on future opportunities and careers in STEM. We look forward to partnering again with the HCPL in future years as part of their STEM and reading summer program.

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB at USA Science and Engineering Fair, April 16-17, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

Fantastic Accomplishment from Young Women In Bio on the national STEM Stage

The WIB-Capital Region YWIB group had a hugely successful participation as an exhibitor at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held April 16-17, 2016.

As a result of our involvement, we collected hundreds of names of interested girls and parents to participate in our upcoming programs. We have already been contacted by three area organizations for potential partnerships. We raised nearly $5,000 in sponsorship funds and we awarded two schools checks for their science departments.

We had nearly 20 girls volunteer to wear the pink lab coat and walk through every aspect of our booth at the event, achieving exactly the science immersion and leadership YWIB hopes for.

Special thanks to our leadership team and all our volunteers behind the scenes, without whom none of these could have been achieved!

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WIB-Capital Region: YWIB and WRAIR Celebrate Women’s History Month Through Hands-On Science, March 11, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, June 14, 2019

On March 11, 2016, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) opened its doors to WIB-Capital Region’s Young Women In Bio and area middle-school girls for a thrilling afternoon of biology. The day started with a tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where everyone had an opportunity to hold plastinated human organs, observing up-close human anatomy and pathology.

Next, participants donned their lab coats and met with dedicated near-peer educators. These recent college graduates work in the Army Educational Outreach Program, helping to teach the scientific method and inspire the next generation of problem solvers.

Our peer educators and group lead Dr. Margery Anderson, walked participants through their own sheep heart dissection and helped them take closer look at protist dissection in termites. It was truly an immersive experience. We are so thankful to WRAIR, our gracious hosts, for making this afternoon both highly educational and entertaining for all participants.

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