By Danica Chen, Del Norte High School
On February 4th, in a sunny room in the Mission Valley Public Library, All Girls STEM Society hosted its first circuitry workshop for girls from fifth to eighth grade, giving the attendees an opportunity to discover the science of electricity with hands-on experience.
As girls started coming in, videos about circuitry innovations were projected on the screen. Of the girls that attended, while some were newcomers to AGSS, many familiar faces, including Girl Scouts introduced to the organization by the January 7th Robotics Workshop, showed up as well to the new workshop, ready to learn more about another field of STEM.
The workshop opened with a short presentation about Hedy Lamarr, a female scientist and actress credited with the invention of the spread spectrum system. Afterwards, All Girl STEM Society’s SDUHSD ambassador Clara Guo gave a presentation about the basics of circuitry, introducing concepts like current, voltage, and resistance and including a trivia section that gave out colorful pens and erasers as prizes for correct answers.
This information prepared them for the next part of the workshop: using breadboards to create their own circuits that could light up LED lights or make sounds. The girls dove into the project with excitement, collaborating with other participants to figure out and succeed at constructing the project as taught. Far before time ran out, many of the girls had finished constructing their circuits and even used the rest of their time to help other girls finish up.
Once more, the All Girls STEM Society workshop taught the next generation about a unique scientific field with an interesting, interactive activity that will hopefully leave a lasting love of STEM in its participants for the rest of their lives.