WIB-Southern California: Young Women In Bio - Genomes, Germs, and Jewelry - Part 1: DNA on Display!
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WIB-Southern California:  Young Women In Bio - Genomes, Germs, and Jewelry - Part 1: DNA on Display!

When: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Zoom (Online)
Contact: WIB-Southern California

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YWIB and its partners are offering three Experiential Learning Sessions this summer! Come and chat with STEM Influencers, while learning and making your own STEM-inspired jewelry designs. This event is for all skill levels - if you have not studied STEM before, come join us and learn; if you are used to STEM, hope you will still join us and have fun. STEM is a movement. 

At our first event, "DNA on Display!", we'll be joined by 1) students from Biopolis - a student-run organization at Canyon Crest Academy that engages San Diego youth in exciting experiments in order to ignite an early love of science and 2) Kjerstie Bourne currently a sales representative at Elim Biopharmaceuticals and also the creator of a series of webinars introducing students to scientists in the San Diego area. Biopolis will teach us how to extract our own DNA from spit (eww!), which you can then transfer to a vial that can be worn as a necklace! Then Kjerstie will present various aspects of DNA science and services which Elim offers its customers. 

Disclaimer: This event may be recorded. If so, there is a possibility your image and or voice may be a part of that recording. If you do not wish for your image to be included please turn off your camera.



Kjerstie Bourn

Kjerstie’s experiences are a clear reminder of the vast opportunities that are available when one has a degree in science. Kjerstie has her BS from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Food Science. In her early years she worked as a research assistant. Then moved to product development to create new well-known creative food products.  Then she transferred to training and wrote and delivered food safety training programs. Kjerstie’s love of adult continued education brought her off the typical science path and into the business world where she traveled the US as a corporate trainer. After having children, she was frustrated by the elementary science education so using corporate grants, volunteer hours and later some district funding she created a STEAM program for a title one school.  This program educated 835 students each year using hands on experiments and a learn by doing philosophy.   Now Kjerstie works for Elim Bio as a sales representative. Elim Bio has created the position in such to match Kjerstie’s skills. In addition to traditional sales she is encouraged to use some of her time to bring science education to our community. Her current outreach project is bringing top level scientists to K-12 students in a free webinar series.   



Biopolis is a student-run organization that engages San  Diego youth in exciting experiments in order to ignite an early love of science.The organization was started by seniors Julia Picker and Kaitlyn Wang at Canyon Crest Academy in 2018. Since then, the Biopolis team has worked to inspire a passion for science in over 150 elementary and middle school students through numerous events, programs, and classes all over San Diego and beyond. For more information about the work of Biopolis, visit https://www.ccabiopolis.org/.


Pricing Information

  • Members: free
  • Limited Free Guest Registration (Non-member)*: free

*Click here to purchase a WIB membership.


Note: Zoom meeting link and a form to be completed so that you receive your necklace supplies will be sent in the confirmation email, after registration has been completed. If you register less than a week before this event and supplies are not received in time, please know this event will be recorded and participants can still follow along after supplies have been received.  


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