On Friday, April 11, 40 middle-school aged girls were treated to a unique experience as they participated in a fun, science-filled sleepover at Birch Aquarium. The aquarium hosted the annual BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science & Engineering) overnight featuring a keynote speaker and workshop presenters from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The mission of BE WiSE is to engage young women in learning experiences in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in collaboration with the region’s research, industry, and academic institutions. A recent report published by the Department of Commerce revealed that only 24% of the STEM workforce is women. Events like BE WiSE and groups such as the Society of Women Engineers and the Association for Women in Science provide critical support and encouragement for women and girls who are interested in degrees and careers in STEM fields.
Throughout the evening the young women learned about geology, marine paleontology, the Earth’s polar regions, and the chemistry and biological effects of ocean acidification through a series of engaging, hands-on experiments and demonstrations.
Birch Aquarium was proud to host these bright young women for this special event!