Young Women in Science Day :)

It’s funny, when I take a few days off blogging, I feel like I’m missing out on a part of my life. I really do enjoy writing, sharing random stories, and hearing from family/friends via emailed comments and whatnot. But anyways, on to my weekend recap!

This weekend was busy but fun. Last Friday I wrote about all the things I needed and wanted to do. Well, I was able to get about half the things I needed to do done, and I even got to do 2 of the 4 things I wanted to do. Because none of you want to hear about all the amazing boring scientific papers I read nor the hours in front of my computer I spent researching, doing chemdraw, freaking out and writing part of my oral exam research paper, I’ll spare you the details. Instead, I’ll elaborate on Saturday’s good stuff.

Saturday was a long, but awesome day… I started my day at 5:30am with my long run. I have to admit, I sprung out of bed that morning and was excited to hit the trails. Who gets up at 5:30am on a Saturday? Who gets up at 5:30am on a Saturday to run 11 miles? There’s a sense of pride that comes with the dedication of marathon training. I dig that.

Anyways, I love that I live in a place where I don’t have to run on sidewalks if I don’t want to, and I’d much rather wobble through a few inches of icy, crunchy, uneven snow than pavement any day so I did a mini Tour de Boulder via the trails near my place. The weather was great, the cows weren’t out (thank god), and my IT band didn’t bother me at all! Success! The one bummer was that I had to cut the run a mile short ’cause I didn’t want to be late for the…

Young Women in Science “day camp”! My school puts on this really cool one-day workshop where middle school girls (ages 10-12) come and learn about various science and math related careers, hosted by female professionals. I volunteered at the event last year and had a blast, so I was really excited to do it again this year. I had a great group of girls and I enjoyed being their “tour guide” and learning along with them!

First, the girls learned how wind turbines work and got to make their own models!

We learned how to how to reduce highway traffic noise from neighboring residential areas, using noise-makers, styrofoam boards, and plastic cups.

We learned how to test our own blood pressure and what the two numbers mean.

We made all-natural body lotions from common household ingredients and learned the importance of sunscreen and skin care.

And lastly, the girls got to dissect sheep eyeballs! That was a little gross for me but the girls were lovin’ it!

The event was awesome and I really hope it inspired a few more young ladies to follow the math/science route! Science is the coolest :)

Ok, you ready for a dorky science joke?

So a proton walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “I’ll have a beer!” The bartender goes “I dunno, are you sure you are legal to drink?” The proton responds “Yeah, I’m positive!”

Har har har… gets me every time…

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tara says:

    Groan..oh girl…that joke was bad. :) But very cute.

    Only hard core people can’t wait to go to bed early on a Friday night so that they can get up extra early and do a long run! It feels pathetic huh? It’s so worth it though!

    That’s pretty cool that your school put on a science fair for girls. We definitely need more young girls to get excited about math and science.

  2. Trish says:

    Two hydrogens are leaving a bar, when one turns to the other and says, “Man, we’ve got to go back, I left my electron at the bar!” The other asks, “are you sure?” First hydrogen, “Yeah, I’m positive!”

    :D

  3. TERRIBLE joke. TERRIBLE. And that’s coming from the king of bad jokes.

    Cool on the science fair, even though I’m terrible at science. I failed five science classes in high school, dropped a few in college, but finally made it through with a D in oceanography and a B in biology.

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