Holiday STEM Festival!
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!
Python Programming Workshop
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.
Nemo loves his home in the Great Barrier Reef, but unfortunately it is in danger due to climate change! Thankfully, on March 28’s Marine Biology Workshop, led by Sharisa, Paige, and Nadia, we became marine biologists to help Nemo understand the issue and save his home!
Riddle Me This: Logic Workshop
A hen and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half. How many eggs can one hen lay in one day? We encounter problems like this in our real lives all the time, so it was only natural that on February 28th, 2020 the All Girls STEM Society hosted their first Logic Workshop. The Workshop was divided into two groups, based on grade levels. Amanda Tran and Mira Gowda led one workshop for girls in grades 3-5 with thirty-five participants while Emma Hong and Clare Malhotra led another workshop for girls in grades 6-8 with thirty-one participants.
Welcome to Willy Wonka’s Cryptography Factory! Unfortunately, somebody had been stealing the Chocolate Factory’s secret recipes to create knock-off candies. On January 17th’s Cryptography Workshop led by Katherine and Selena, we worked together as detectives to find the culprit!
On Sunday, November 22nd, the All Girls STEM Society held an Astronomy workshop for girls from grades 6-8. Lindsay, Kaela and Grace led the workshop for more than 30 enthusiastic girls who showed up to learn about planets, stars and galaxies. Before the workshop, girls were split up into teams for a friendly competition to see who could win the most points throughout the workshop from challenges and participating in discussions. The teams were named Shuri, Gamora, Captain Marvel and Black Widow after strong female superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.