Celebrating Five Years of DIY Science

At GeekGirlCon, accessibility is everything. Putting together a packed weekend of accessible and inclusive geeky programming is fundamental to GeekGirlCon’s mission. One event that reflects this commitment is our DIY Science Zone. The DIY Science Zone is one of GeekGirlCon’s most unique bits of programming, and this year we’re celebrating its fifth anniversary. Equally as exciting for both kids and adults, the DIY Science Zone brings together scientists, science educators, and science enthusiasts alike to participate in hands-on activities and experiments, chat about various scientific fields, and celebrate accessible learning.

This is what the DIY Science Zone, in all its glory, has looked like over the past five years:

 

DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ’13. Photo by Kristen Elliot.

 

DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ’14.

 

DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ’15. Photo by Danny Ngan.

 

DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ’16. Photo by James McDaniel.

 

The DIY Science Zone, with at least a dozen experiments and more than that number of scientists, is a large part of GeekGirlCon and requires months and months of preparation on the part of GeekGirlCon’s resident scientist and DIY Science Zone Project Manager, Raychelle Burks, as well as countless other contributors—including you! To make the DIY Science Zone a success, we need your help with fundraising.

With your help, we’ll be able to acquire the supplies we need, track down some awesome prizes, and bring in a super set of scientists. And this year, we’re planning some special superhero-themed activities and, as Raychelle put it, “LASERS.” Any money that’s left over after this year’s con will roll over to support the DIY Science Zone at GeekGirlCon ‘18.

From now until con weekend, you can support the cause of bringing science to GeekGirlCon using this form. On the form, donors can select if they’d like to be acknowledged on twitter or remain anonymous. If you’re attending the con, you’ll receive a limited edition button to wear so you’ll be able to show off your DIY Science Zone pride.

And, as always, DIY Science Zone volunteers are here to provide us periodic magical Acts of Whimsy (AoW) to celebrate the success of the fundraiser. First up, Raychelle, at $1,000 raised, Raychelle blessed us with a live-Tweeting of Titanic (which she hates with a firey passion).

We’re only beginning and there’s already so much to be excited for. Let’s work together and make this year’s DIY Science Zone the most engaging, interactive, and accessible yet!

 

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