Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Science Night [03/15/2023]

Such a delight to offer a few tables with different demos at Louisa Boren STEM K-8!


Coding Workshop Summer 2023 [RSVP by 01/31/2023]

We are looking for 2 schools to participate in a FREE coding workshop this Summer 2023. This workshop is geared towards high school students with no prior programming experience. We will introduce students to the Python programming language from scratch and familiarize them with basic applications in this bootcamp-styled workshop that culminates in a fun project. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded following final project presentations!

The workshop’s structure will depend on how your school functions over the summer. A sample workshop would span 3 weeks with 2-3 sessions per week, with each session being 2-3 hours. Our instructors will come to your school. Participating schools will have to commit at least 15 students in high school grades by January 31, 2023.

This workshop is organized by STEM Pals at the University of Washington, which is supported by UW MEM·C, the University of Washington Molecular Engineering Materials Center. STEM Pals is committed to encouraging, inspiring & (st)empowering high school students to pursue STEM-related activities and education post-graduation.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please contact us.

Agar Plates at Hazen High School [11/(18&22)/2022]

We had an amazing time growing microorganism cultures on agar plates at Hazen High School. In pairs, we chose hypotheses and tested them out. We let the plates culture over the weekend, and caught up over a Zoom call the next week. We uploaded our results, along with our hypotheses and observations, to an online platform. Then we voted on peers’ work for extra credit. The top-3 hypotheses from each period were:

Period 2:
– “We predicted that the men’s bathroom would have more microbes and bacteria than the women’s bathroom”
– “Our hypothesis was Shoe number #1 would grow more bacteria than shoe #2 because they were worn more.”
– “The Janitors cart is more dirty than the main hallway floor.”

Period 3:
– “I predict that the main staircase will have more microbes because it is used more often.”
– “We tested how effective water really is. We predicted that the unwashed hand would have more microbes than the washed hands.”
– “The eyewash station that is located in the front will grow less bacteria because it is used more often”