For our session on October 17th, at Funston Elementary, we had our first Women in Science come and visit Sisters4Science! Woohoo! Dr. Sarah Guadiana, a neuroscientist, who is currently working with the University of Chicago. The girls were super excited about having a female scientist coming into our classroom. Dr. Guadiana first introduced herself and told the story of how she came about finding a profession with neuroscience. Finding out that Dr. Guadiana was a “brain scientist”, the girls were even more excited. To start off her lesson, Dr. Guadiana passed around a squishy fake brain and asked if the girls had any questions or guesses about what the brain is actually like. So many girls started shouting out the different “facts” that they thought were about the brain. She continued with a PowerPoint presentation that included many different tests such as: hearing test, sight test, and taste test.
The girls favorite one was the taste test. Dr. Guadiana passed out a small piece of paper that was to be placed on the tongue. If the girls were to actually taste something in that piece of paper, that meant that they were supertasters. If not, they were not a supertasters and their taste buds worked just fine. The girls are really looking forward to the future visits of Dr. Guadiana. Hint hint: she may even bring a brain next time she stops by!