Specifics for May 13th
Let’s Put the Femme in STEM begins promptly at 10am and runs until 3pm. Please try to arrive on time as we have a very packed schedule! Following an opening session, you will be split into small groups for an in-depth activity in a specific STEM field. We did our best to honor both your subject preferences and any requests you made to be partnered with other students, though we can’t make strict promises.
Parking & Directions:
This event will be held at the Colorado Women’s College, located on the corner of Asbury and High St. on the DU campus. [Address: 1901 E. Asbury Ave. Denver, CO 80208.] For those who attended our last event in April of 2016, this is just across from the previous location and features a large stained glass window with a Fibonacci spiral. Parking will be allowed in Lot Q, adjacent to the CWC from 9:30 – 10:30 and from 2:30-3:30 as your guardians drop you off and pick you up. If you need additional parking, there are several paid lots close-by, or street parking. See the map below for more information.
You will be lunching in the DU dining halls where all DU students eat. This is a buffet style establishment, and you will get to pick from many options. If you have indicated any dietary restrictions, your group guide has been notified, however, if you have any questions please ask your group guide or any of the dining hall staff. They will be happy to help you.
Things to bring:
– Your vast enthusiasm for STEM
– A water bottle
– Perhaps a notebook
Each Femme in STEM event features new and exciting content, but follows a similar structure made up of 5 core elements:
- Opening Session – Here girls arrive and are introduced to what the day will hold. In the past we’ve had presentations on important women in STEM throughout history, as well as talks from current female professors doing important work here at DU.
- Morning Activity – For 1-1.5 hours the girls are broken up into small groups to focus in on a single STEM field. They go in-depth on a topic currently being explored at DU and are hosted by current DU students and organizations. Examples include a math activity on cryptography, an ecology activity on cricket mating rituals, a biology activity on DNA extraction, and many more.
- Lunch – Frequently mentioned as the favorite part of the day, the girls go on a mini tour of DU’s campus to eat lunch in the dining halls.
- Science Fair – The most chaotic, loud, and rewarding part of the day, the science fair allows the girls to present what they learned in the morning and explore all the different STEM fields.
- Closing Session – Here we review what they’ve learned and give the girls a chance to ask any final questions they didn’t already get answered throughout the day.