Saturday, 4 January 2014

All Girls Science Day at Centennial Park


Jalyn Neysmith, an education ranger at Centennial Park has contacted us regarding an event next Friday, January 10th. They will be hosting an All Girls Science Day, a science holiday camp just for girls aged 8-13. They are running the camp to draw attention to, and combat, the low levels of enrollment Australia is seeing for women in science.

Science holiday camps are a great, low-pressure way to engage girls with science, but most coed camps are dominated by boys. Being in such a minority makes it less fun for girls, and gives them the impression that science is just for boys. All Girls Science Day will provide girls with an all-female environment where they'll do fun experiments and activities in a wide variety of science subjects including zoology, psychology, physics, and botany. The day is led by female instructors, and will include a visit by a female scientist. This year their guest lady of the lab is Dr. Tanya Latty, who researches the behaviour and swarm intelligence of social insects like ants, bees, and the wonderful slime mould, and has had her research featured in National Geographic and BBC Nature among others. She's a fantastic and enthusiastic roll model for young girls.

More information on the camp can be found on the website or feel free to contact Jalyn for more details through: 
Mobile 0498 466 781 or Email jalyn.neysmith@cp.nsw.gov.au

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