LSC celebrates first Women in Science & Art event

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The week of March 9 – 17, LSC celebrated Women in Science & Art! Throughout this event, the Science Center hosted labs, presentations, and more adventures shining a spotlight on women in science, technology, art, and more.

Take a look at just a few of the activities that took place this week:

Exploring the science of chromatography

Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, the mother of American modernism, guests explored the science of chromatography by making flowers via coffee filters, markers, and water and seeing how the colors spread.

Aircraft testing

Borrowing inspiration from Mary Jackson – one of the NASA engineers seen in Hidden Figures – guests did some aircraft testing by using foil and Play Doh to create the perfect weight balance in order to get a plane to fly in a straight line.

Coding a mouse maze

Big cheers for coding! Guests worked hard at programming a mouse to complete a maze and get the cheese. This particular lab was inspired by Ada Lovelace, known as the world's first computer programmer and "enchantress of numbers."

LSC's first live podcast

On the first day of Women in Science & Art, we were joined by comedian Mimi Hayes who recorded an episode of her podcast Mimi and the Brain alongside neurologist Dr. Allison Navis, also known as the "Sherlock Holmes of neurology."

This was LSC's first ever live podcast! During their recording, Hayes and Navis discussed Navis' work treating neurological disorders in Zambia, making connections with patients, and the importance of getting young girls excited about science.

Click here to learn more about this exciting moment in LSC history.

Encounters with famous pioneers

All week, guests had encounters throughout the building with actors portraying women in science and art! Some of the pioneers included Sally Ride, Jane Goodall, and Ada Lovelace, and a few of the questions that guests asked included "How did you become so brave?" and "What is your advice for the littlest scientist?"

Thanks to everyone who joined us this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on all upcoming events at the Science Center.

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