Women in STEAM
About This Event
Children's Adventure Garden
Included with Children's Adventure Garden admission
Learn all about what STEAM means as well as the women who make it happen! Meet real professionals while exploring the garden.
Join us for the Women in STEAM Family Fair on Saturday & Sunday, March 13–14 from 10am–4pm. We’ll have plenty of activities around the garden featuring women from past to present who’ve made historic impacts on fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math. You’ll also be able to meet Emely Villeda-Principe from TECHNOLOchicas and stop by for a Q&A at the Exploration Center from 11–11:30am and 2–2:30pm.
Activities this year include:
- Fibonacci Fun: Discover the hidden secret patterns found in nature, like in the daisy studied by and named after botanist Ynes Mexia. Math and nature has never been more fun!
- Habitat Hunt: Go on the search around the Habitats gallery to find animals’ perfect homes! As you search, be on the lookout for information about female STEM professionals who study these awesome animals.
- Maples & Mars: Biomimicry, designing new materials and systems based on things found in nature, is an important part of science. Learn about how maple seeds helped inspire helicopters, like Ingenuity, the one designed for the recent Mars rover Perseverance by JPL engineer MiMi Aung.
- Squishy Circuits: Many items in nature conduct electricity, but can you figure out how to connect the dots and make a complete circuit? Learn how using LEDs, a light bulb that uses semiconductors, just like Shirley Ann Jackson studied.
- Build the Brooklyn Bridge: New York’s East River is spanned by one of the most famous bridges in the United States: the Brooklyn Bridge! Discover important concepts used in bridge building over water similar to the kind used by bridge builder Emily Robling.
- Insect Illustrations: German scientific illustrator Maria Merian is known as being one of the most important contributors to the field of entomology, the study of insects. Try your hand at artistic and scientific illustrations just like her!
- Marvelous Midwestern Maize: Whether you love corn just as much as Nobel Prize winner Dr. Barbara McClintock or you’re just a casual maize scientist, you’ll love discovering properties of corn syrup at the Walne Family Discovery Lab programs at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. (Ages 6+)
Women in STEAM is sponsored by HKS and all activities are FREE with Children’s Adventure Garden admission.