Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 – written by Kiara Byrd, STEM Facilitator
Today was the second day at Carter! I wanted to start with an ice breaker where we could understand the difference between abiotic and biotic factors. Jamelya was the first person to raise her hand, “an abiotic factor is a living thing and a biotic factor is a non living thing.” She did a great job and after we explained to flip the definitions, she was definitely on the right track. After that Ms Wyland, my teacher fellow, and I gave them certain things to identify and tell us t if they were a biotic factor and an abiotic factor. The girls really got the hang of it quickly which helped their brains get prepared for our next activity.
Let’s find out about pH levels!!!! We had our handouts and I went around the room and asked what did they have to drink today. “I had Apple juice” said Markeisha. “I had milk” said Monique and Semaya told me she had water. After explaining to the girls what pH actually meant dealing with liquids the girls pinpointed where their drink fell on the pH scale. They have found that the juices and milk they drank was considered acids and water is considered a base. With knowing this, we applied this to our experiment for the day, what happens when styrofoam combines with an acid. We also used the scientific method and wrote down the appropriate information. The girls were really engaged as we went through each step of the scientific method and I even had my number one helper for the day. Nakayla really stepped it up today and helped me with passing out materials and helping the other girls with the experiment.
I demonstrated the difference of when a styrofoam cup comes in contact with water and then what happens when it comes in contact with pure acetone. When I did the first demonstrated they were amazed at what they saw. All you could hear was oooohs and aahhhs. They all ran up to get their chance to dissolve their own styrofoam cup. The girls even took it a step further for me. Caused by curiosity, they took the remainder plastic material to feel its purity and also what happens to it if left out or having a base like soap water added to it. We know that science is all about curiosity and scientists only made huge discoveries because they were curious. They really put that trait to the test!!!! They learned that the disolving of the cup was because of the air being released from the cup because of the acetone.. Gentrice, who was a little quiet today, was even intrigued by our experiment today and asked to take the remains of the cup home. I am pretty sure Sisters 4 Science really helped her feel comfortable as time went on. It was a successful day at Carter and the girls learned a lot.
We are back Woodson!!!! Today was a wonderful day at Woodson. I managed to see a few returning girls and a few new ones. The returning girls especially Doniya and Tahnya, gave me the biggest hug and were so excited to see me. Doniya even told me “I am going to be in Sisters4Science forever!!! Every time you guys come back I will be there.” It was also very sweet to hear Tahnya say after she found out I facilitated at another school she says “What? You have other girls? No you are only supposed to be here with us.” I really appreciated the girls feeling comfortable in our program where they truly feel they associate it with their happiness. Because it was the first day we started with the two truths and a lie ice breaker. We also had a special guest Jacki come in and help with taking our Pre-surveys. After the paperwork, I wanted my Woodson girls to get down and dirty!!! I wanted to also do something different so everyone can be surprised if the activity. Today they learned how to make slime!!! There is one girl named Alana and she was very curious in what we were going to be doing. She automatically wanted to help me with passing things out. Semajah, a returning girl, also wanted to help me pass out the supplies. I explained to the girls I wanted them to do the activity themselves while I gave direction so they can really build their confidence. They all seemed a little skeptical in getting their hands dirty so I also supplied spoons for the mixing part. The girls really got excited when everything was coming together and the slime became amazingly sticky. Alana even helped me assist the other girls who wanted their slime to be more like hers. I really liked to see Alana stepped out of her comfort zone and helping the other girls, for she really didn’t know a lot of the girls in the beginning. I loved seeing that. An 8th grader, Rachel, even was being more open with me in how she was actually having fun with this activity. Of course it was not long until the girls wanted a round 2 in making slime. I saw that in round 2 materials were dwindling and a 5th grader Asia explained to me that it was hard to make her second slime. So by working together, she successfully made her second bag of slime and I could see the biggest smile on her face. Sisters4Science is really for these girls to be better as leaders and also for us as the facilitators to make sure every girl has a memorable experience and that they enjoy it!! This was a huge successful first day and the girls will really be opened up to new things sooner than they think!!
Well hello Carter!! Today was our first day of Sisters4Science at our new school and it was great to see how many girls wanted to learn more about science and also each other. What better way to get to know each other by doing an Ice breaker. They had 2 choices with playing the game hot seat or playing two truths and a lie. They wanted to do something different so they chose two truths and a lie. It was interesting to see what the girls knew about each other already and what was a shock for them. When it was my turn a 6th grader, Gentrice, was really surprised that me working at Disney World a few years ago was not a lie and wanted to know more. After our ice breaker, I wanted to know what the girls knew about science. I have gotten a few responses saying experiments, explosions, scientific method, and also a nice input from Semaya, mentioning the periodic table. I introduced to the girls that science is all about being creative and also working together as s team to get them prepared for our activity. Building your own utopia.