At the Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Library on October 8th, we hosted our number theory workshop! Attended by 20 girls, and led by Selene Wang, we explored concepts such as prime factorization, least common multiple, and greatest common denominator. We began with an introduction to number theory and our woman in STEM role model for this workshop, Julia Robinson. One participant commented, “cubing numbers was interesting because I haven’t learned it in school before”. After discussing prime numbers, we kicked off our first activity: the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Participants used the sieve to find all the prime numbers between 1 and 100. After trying to find one, the girls also discovered that there is no formula to generate prime numbers!
On September 17th, 2022, for our second workshop of the year, we had 48 girls learn all about chemistry! Led by Grace Sun at the College-Rolando Library, this workshop discussed topics such as the different types of chemistry, female role models in chemistry, and how chemistry is used in daily life. Participants also explored atoms, molecules, and elements, ending this part of the workshop with a fun chemistry trivia! One girl commented, “I liked learning about neutrons because I didn’t know atoms had three parts.”
On August 27th, for our first workshop of the year, we explored Scratch Programming at the Mission Valley Library. Led by Mia Gover and Audrey Lin, at this workshop, girls in grades 3-5 learned about the history of programming, solved challenges using Scratch blocks, and created their own game! We also discussed debugging and the real-life applications of programming.
At the end of the workshop, the girls did a gallery walk, where they were able to play each others’ newly-created games. One participant reported, “it was fun and amazing to learn to code, especially with other people.” Another said that “the best part was getting to make our own games.” One of the fan-favorites was “The Fairy and the Witch,” a dialogue-based story about a fairy defeating a witch with a lightning strike!
Don’t forget to join us for the next workshop on Chemistry (for grades 3-8) at the College-Rolando Library, on September 17th!
On December 18, 2021, the All Girls STEM Society partnered with The Clueless, a local FTC Robotics Team, to bring a robotics workshop to the Mission Valley Library! The girls learned about how motors, sensors, and code all work together to create so many kinds of robots for so many applications.
Welcome to All Girls STEM Society’s Holiday Festival! On December 11, around 50 girls came together to explore how to make Christmas Skittle fireworks, Hanukkah-themed circuitry, snowflakes, foil boats, elf gift catapults, lava lamp ornaments, and more!
Why do some people have brown eyes, and others have blue eyes? And why do some have curly hair, while others have straight hair? Does it have to do with genes? Or DNA? Or Alleles? Those are all questions that we answered on October 16’s Biology Workshop led by Kasie Leung!
On Saturday, September 25th, we explored Python Programming at the Mission Valley Library for our second workshop of the year! Led by Emma Hong, the workshop discussed programming topics including variable types, conditional statements, and repeating loops. The participants also learned about how computer science is used in everyday life!
Throughout the workshop, the girls were very excited to participate in various interactive activities. For our first activity, one participant acted as a computer algorithm and gave verbal instructions to another participant who was blindfolded and had to avoid human obstacles! As one girl explained, the best part was “people going up and participating in activities, it felt like we were really part of it.”
On Saturday, August 28th, the All Girls STEM Society hosted its first in-person workshop in over a year and a half, the Mathematics of Games workshop. After a long year of workshops hosted on Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both participants and volunteers were excited to be back in person. To ensure safety, all volunteers were fully vaccinated and masked, and girls were encouraged to wear masks, use hand sanitizer and remain socially distant. Maggie Yao, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and Emma Hong, a senior at The Bishop’s School introduced girls to the basics of probability and game theory.
On May 23rd, 2021, the All Girls STEM Society hosted their first-ever Magic of Mentorship Panel in collaboration with Athena, a San Diego-based group that advocates for women in STEM. We’re so thankful to Athena for connecting over 30 girls with three amazing mentors: Taylor Bruni, who works for Oracle in a software sales capacity, Farzaneh Orak who works as a software engineer at the Costar Group and Ida Khodami who is a partner at Two Bear Capital. In addition, AGSS Founder and current college student Veronica Tang (Majoring in Computer Science and English) and recent graduate Rachel Hong (Majored in Computer Science) were kind enough to come back to talk to girls about their high school and college experiences.
On April 25th, 2021, the All Girls STEM Society hosted its annual All Girls Math Tournament, which has been held in some form every year since our organization’s founding in 2014. By providing a girls-only math competition for over 100 girls in grades 3-8, our organization aims to create an environment where girls feel comfortable trying their best to solve problems, which often can be difficult in other math competitions which are typically dominated by men.