The Sisters4Science after school program began on October 25, 2013 at the Woodson North Middle School. For the first session, the girls bonded with STEM Facilitator, Tolu Rosanwo, by sharing about their favorite foods, who they admire and their grade in school. All students except one said that they “hated” science the most since they currently do not have a science teacher. Nonetheless, the girls seemed so happy to be there after school, and Rosanwo was excited that they were excited.
As pictured from left to right: Stephanee, Ciera, Briana, and Desiree are incredibly bright. The girls’ grades ranged from 7th to 8th grade, and their heroes were their mothers (Desiree), Batman (Briana), Inyuasha (Ciera), Beyoncé and Edward Cullen (Stephanee).
For the first lesson, Tolu and the girls helped formulate their Code of Conduct, and asked, “What does it mean to be a sister?” Desiree and Briana (both biological sisters) immediately chimed in, but they all got to work writing their codes on the board. 7th grader, Stephanee, thought a sister should be “special, interesting, social, trustworthy, excellent, and respectful,” but all came to the consensus that they must all trust and believe in one another. Desiree wants it to be the group motto.
The class concluded with a discussion about the Scientific Method and a definition of science. The girls shouted out terms like “hypothesis,” “statistics,” “data,” “experiments” and developed hypotheses for why the sky was blue.
At the end of the day, they journaled their experiences and Stephanee wrote, “I used to think science was boring, but now I think it’s fun!”
One session was already so transformative, and we are excited about what is to come for these girls.