Rocking at the Woodson WOW!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 – written by STEM Facilitator, Kiara Byrd

May 19 - 2 The WOW Event is finally here!!! The Woodson girls were anxious but they were more than ready to show people how much fun they had being scientists. This day was big for some girls to show their parents what they were able to do on their own. There were some girls were a little more nervous. Alana came to me that she was a little nervous and said because her family usually don’t come to events to support her. I told Alana that she is an amazing girl and that I would personally take pictures of her presenting and let her have them to show her family what they missed out on. She gave me the biggest hug and thanked me. This only motivated her to be even more focused and ready while presenting. She did an AWESOME job.

At the WOW, guests were able to roam and visit the experiments of their choosing. This May 19 - 4allowed the girls to present more than once which is great practice on how it is to present to multiple crowds. With the tornado experiment, Rachel did a great job in explaining the importance of knowing how a tornado forms. Denay did a great job in presenting the purpose of the experiment and what she actually learned for herself about tornadoes. Coke and Mentos had most of the girls in this group. They learned how to take turns and to make sure to speak up so many people can hear them. I was impressed to see that Aaquila, Semajah, and Asia went the extra mile to make sure the group was doing everything they were supposed to do. A question did come up on what causes the coke to erupt out the bottle. Jailon was the one to correctly answer that carbon dioxide was involved in the eruption.  It was so impressive to see the girls using their knowledge to each others!
May 19 - 3At the end of the WOW, I let every single one of our Woodson sisters know they really came a long way and it showed today. Alana gave me another hug and really appreciated me being their for and taking pictures for her. Support is sometimes all these kids need to push them toward their success!

Carter WOW Day!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 – written by STEM Facilitator, Kiara Byrd

May 14 - 1 ITS WOW TIME!!!! The girls have worked so hard these past 10 weeks and now family and friends will see what the girls have been up to. We all set up the materials at each station (Lip Balm, Elephant Toothpaste, Pop Rocks) and the girls did a run through before all the guests arrived. We had s really great turn out. We had s few parents and we also had US2020 come to see what the girls had to present. Ms. Wyland and I got everyone’s attention and the WOW Event began.

Our first group to present was Elephant Toothpaste. Somayyah and Jamelya got right down to business. They spoke clearly and even added the safety precautions with their experiment, “If you plan on doing this at home, make sure you do it outside because it can get May 14 - 3messy.” The girls did a great job with presenting the experiment and had a nice show for us. People were really interested in their topic. We even had a question from the audience. What makes the bottle warm?” Jamelya was happy to answer with, “It’s an exothermic reaction so it means things get warm.”
May 14 - 4Our second group was Lip Balm. There were a few girls in this group so they did a great job in taking turns in explaining the experiment to the audience. This experiment takes a little time, so the girls brought their own lip balm they created to show to the rest of the people. This was very helpful for people to be creative and to save money. At the end of the experiment, Dakira was the first one to show that the lip balm actually works and applied it on hers. After that, everyone else grabbed their lip balms and shared it with the ones who wanted to try the lip balm as well.
Our final presentation was Pop Rocks and Soda.  The girls took their turns in explaining the experiment. I was really proud of Nakaylah in really stepping it up in explaining why the balloons inflated. Armani was in charge of directing the steps so everyone can be amazed as the May 14 - 6Pop rocks popped away in the soda. They even remembered that the main gas that’s important in this experiment is Carbon dioxide!!
At the end of this event I was proud of each and every one of the girls. I could tell that their confidence levels were at an all time high today. It was still bitter sweet. Somayyah had walked up to me and said “I don’t want you to go Miss Kiara. I’m going to miss you. I really like your class, you are so nice.” I thanked Somayyah and reassured her that I will still be around when they need me. Sisters4Science goes further than just in the classroom. We help these girls with advice and guidance for everyday life as well.

Last Touches on Presentations at Carter!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 – written by Kiara Byrd, STEM Facilitator

May 12 - 2The session before the WOW and the girls boards looked amazing!!!! They worked really hard and wanted the boards to have more on them so they could stick out. Each board had their own creativity to them and now it was just time to add pictures and know what our speeches were.

The elephant toothpaste group were of Somayyah and Jamelya. They both were going May 12 - 3to take turns in explaining the experiment. “I don’t do well with speaking in front of people, but I’ll introduce the board.” I could tell Somayyah was nervous and never really did a presentation like this before. But after some encouragement and getting her excited to present her own work, she agreed to explain the the hypothesis, the conclusion, and also the safety precautions. Somayyah went beyond what was asked and wanted to add what not to do if the experiment was tried at home. She gained more confidence and wanted to even more so the audience could see she was teaching them something.
Pop rocks and soda was the most colorful of them all. I told Armani that their board was very pretty. They also added balloons and pop rock packets on there to give it more pizazz!! After gathering all of the decorative things, the girls noticed that the research behind the experiment may be a little too wordy for them. “Miss Kiara, I don’t know how to say this stuff and know what I’m talking about.” Nakaylah said. So I helped her paraphrase. I told her because this is your work, you don’t have to say what is on the board word from word. You can say it in your own words and still be able to explain the experiment. I also helped Danaisha as well with paraphrasing and she became more comfortable with speaking.
The final board was lip balm. With this experiment, these girls learned how to use home products to make something that you can purchase from a store. They learned how to make a better economic choice in saving money with this experiment. May 12 - 4This board was also very special to Ajah. She explained that she worked very hard on this board and she could not stop smiling when looking at the final results. “I think I’m going to cry, can you take a picture of this please?” I was very touched to see how proud she was and that she was excited to show other people what she could do. This WOW Event is more than just showing experiments. It gives the girls a chance to get out of their comfort zone in a good way. They get to speak in front of people and build their confidence to be more than just middle schoolers. This gives them a chance to grow!!

Finalizing our WOW!s at Woodson!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 – written by Kiara Byrd, STEM Facilitator

Today is the last day we have before the big event! The girls have worked hard and will finally have the chance to show it all off. I asked each of the groups of girls what exactly they knew about their experiment that they will be presenting. What would be the purpose and also what exactly did they learn from it? Ms. Harrell and I went around the room to see what the girls thoughts were. We wanted them to write down everything in their own words, so they would know what to say when they presented. There were a couple of challenges with wording but they knew I would be there for assistance.

In each group, there were different objectives related to their specific demonstration. With the lantern group, I asked Tahnya what did she think the purpose was, “So we can make lanterns on our own and not buy them.” I wanted her to know she was right. This experiment was more crafty but because it still involves science, it’s about being resourceful, and you could even consider it recycling! Creating a product out of what you already have is a wonderful thing. It can also show other kids that even if you can’t afford something, with the right creative mind, you can make it!!!
Our second group with the Coca-Cola geyser was more understanding the function of a real action. Associating it with things we find in our grocery store. As a couple of girls worked on the board, Semajah and Asia were in charge of doing more research. I asked the girls to tell me what they learned about geysers. Semajah explained that when the magma gets hot, the water explodes. With a geyser eruption, yes water bursts out and with associating our materials, the magma is our carbon dioxide. With the mentos reacting with the soda, tiny bubble form around the mentos capsule, pushing the soda out to erupt. “Really? So the pop explodes from the mentos.” Asia asked and made sure she kept note of that.
Our final group was the tornado vortex. Don’ya was in charge of typing out the research, but wasn’t sure if she could do it by herself. But Stephanee reassured her that she will not be doing it alone. “It’s okay Donya we are going to help you, we’re all going to do it together.” As soon as that was said they all worked together in the research. With this experiment, they learned how a tornado looks when it firms and also when materials. such as structures are caught in a tornado, how would it look. This is where the confetti came in. Rachel and Stephanee were really taking initiative in knowing the science behind this. I could tell they were really interested. One more week to go and the world will be WOWed by our amazing Woodson sisters and their presentations!

Prepping Demos and Presentations at Carter!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 – written by STEM Facilitator, Kiara Byrd:

May 5 - 12 May 5 - 8We have glitter, construction paper, colorful pictures, anything else?? Today the girls will be in charge and act on what they committed to as a role from last week. They are getting the boards together and typing up their scientific research. All the groups were separated and everyone was helping each other to make sure their project looked nice and organized. Ms. Wyland and I wanted to add pictures of the girls in action so they can put it on their board. We were snapping away with all the pictures for all three groups.

With the lip balm group, Ajah was in charge of the board and the others made sure the presentation ran smoothly and correctly documented the research they learned about their own lip balm creation. Dakira was in charge of typing up all the steps for the group. Everyone had a chance to perform the experiment one more time step by step so they are able to explain it for the WOW.
With the elephant toothpaste, we have two girls and they are Somayyah and Jamelya. They each took on 2 roles. Somayyah was in charge of the board and typing up the research. Jamelya was in charge of the experiment presentation and also did the research on the science behind the experiment. Jamelya was very helpful to Somayyah in telling her what she found in her research so they both were able to present tithe project well.
Pop rocks and soda was very organized as well. Markeisha was one of the girls that really wanted to proud of working on something like this. She had a moment where she may have doubted her ability in taking on the role as direction leader.This role, she would be in charge of directing the procedure while the others did the experiment. I told markeisha that I believe in her and I know that she has the capability of taking on this role. Markeisha May 5 - 6 also helped Danaisha with typing up the research as well. They all helped each other and each girl fulfilled their duties. Armani was in charge of the board and was May 5 - 9very creative with the decorating. The idea came about in even blowing up balloons and taping them to the board to make it “pop” more. With Nakaylah assisting, I was impressed with the team work they displayed.

Lanterns, Geysers and Tornadoes at Woodson!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 – written by STEM Facilitator, Kiara Byrd

April 30 - 5Today we are going to get the ball rolling!!! We have chosen our experiments and now it is time to do it all on our own, so the girls are ready to present to the world what they can do. At Woodson, the girls chose three experiments. We have, make your own lantern, diet coke and mentos geyser, and your own tornado.

The first group was doing the geyser experiment. I wanted the girls to first pick a designated role for themselves in the group. So everyone is in charge of something and everyone can help each other. After girls picked their roles it was time to get an idea of what they were actually displaying with the experiment. I asked the girls to remember the important factors that makes aApril 30 - 3 geyser work and relate it to their materials. Semajah was in charge of writing down the scientific method for the group and she was asking all the questions she could to make sure she understood everything. Asia, in charge of directing the experiment, also asked exactly what happened to the mentos after dropping it into the cola. This experiment shows how carbon dioxide bubbles form around the mentos capsule and pushes as much cola out of the bottle as it could. This is what makes the “eruption” occur.
The lantern group learned that science can be anything. So they wanted to show that by using household things, you can create your own “product”. This is how engineers are able to create their own projects, by being creative and inventive. They really enjoyed this experiment because it involved crayons and they could be really proud of the beautiful designs that happen after ironing the color on the paper to make the lantern.
April 30 - 4My last group is making your own tornado. Thanks to our guest scientists, the girls were able to know more about natural disasters and tornados are one of them. With this experiment, the girls have a chance to understand tornadoes better and with a little confetti, a nice visual of what happens when things get warped inside the tornado passing by. The girls even allowed the other girls to test their tornadoes so they can enjoy as well.
Everyone was working together and making sure we all stayed in task in order to be successful for the WOW! and other end of the year presentations.

Prepping for the WOW! at Carter

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 – written by STEM Facilitator, Kiara Byrd

April 28 - 2Well, it’s about that time to get down to business at Carter School of Excellence.  The girls are going to go over their experiments in their respective teams and start preparing for the WOW! event. We will be going over our roles in each group and researching about the topic at hand.

We have 3 different groups which are lip balm, elephant toothpaste, and pop rocks. The girls would really be getting a better understanding of the purpose of the experiment and the science behind it all. The girls in the lip balm group researched on the computer on the history of lip balm and how each material plays an important role in making the perfect lip balm.
Our second group was the elephant toothpaste and Jamelya did a great job in performing the experiment and explaining the science behind it all in her own words. “The reason that it’s foam is because there’s dish soap inside and that’s where the bubbles come from. The yeast also helps with the foam because yeast helps things rise.” I helped her with adding on that that the yeast would be considered a catalyst and the reaction also creates an exothermic reaction, by giving off heat.
The final group is pop rocks and the girls had the chance to understand how carbon dioxide can be found anywhere. The science behind this experiment is that the carbon dioxide is released from the candy and that is what blows up the balloon. The girls really enjoyed this experiment. Since they love candy, it even got the attention of the other girls in the other groups. I was very proud of the girls today and I feel we are really going to be ready for the WOW.