WiSE hosts middle schoolers from Alachua County for hands-on learning during the county spring break.
The Talk Science With Me program, developed by Katie Stofer, a professor in the UF agricultural education and communication department, creates a unique setting that allows scientists and community members to come together and have casual conversations about science.
University Minority Mentorship ProgramThis partnership allows for WiSE members to mentor an incoming undergraduate student interested in science or engineering disciplines. The mentoring involves meeting the mentee once a month and being a point of contact for the mentee as they learn to navigate the campus and academic resources. WiSE also coordinates various activities for all mentors and mentees, providing opportunities for mentees to meet fellow students interested in science and engineering.
The first partnership with WiSE for the 2013-2014 school year allowed over 30 WiSE members to be matched with a mentee, with nearly 60 additional mentees wanting to me matched with a WiSE mentor. This year the numbers have grown, with over 100 incoming students specifically requesting to be matched with a WiSE mentor.
For more information about UMMP, visit their website.
The Cade Museum
WiSE was invited to participate in a hands-on science day at the Cade Museum for girl scouts from Alachua County. We brought little demonstrations from our respective fields, including having fun with wacky materials (material science), making clouds in a bottle (meteorology), building geometric paper tricks (mathematics), discovering tissue samples with a microscope (biology), and testing human performance (neuroscience). Daisies, Brownies, & Juniors participated in this event by visiting our booth and other lab tables around the museum.
Through this event, we were we not only able to encourage creative thinking in the next generation of women in science, but we also spent valuable time with each other learning about the diverse fields of study within our WiSE membership. We hope to be invited back to participate in this Cade Museum event in upcoming years!