Written by Alliance for Girls member, Scientific Adventures for Girls
When we usually think of a scientist, we think of someone in a lab coat with an upper-level
degree in a prestigious field. When I told my students to draw who they thought a scientist
looked like, this is usually what they draw. They drew someone else, an adult mixing chemicals
or writing in a notebook. However, one student drew themselves, conducting a colorful
experiment in her own lab coat. She told me she wanted to be a scientist when she grew up, but
one thing I wanted her to understand is that she is already a scientist, now. When young
children ask a million questions about the world around them, they are already being a scientist.
The goal at Scientific Adventures for Girls (SAfG) is to make science more accessible to all
young girls in hopes that they develop a positive relationship with science and feel included in
the field. Through making hypotheses, conducting experiments, and noting observations, our
girls are truly being prepared to excel in STEM.
This year, SAfG is offering three sessions at our 18 school sites in the Oakland/Richmond
areas: Chemistry, Engineering, and Environmental Science. All programming is hands-on and
we touch on an array of fun, engaging topics, while also demonstrating the science. For
example, in our Chemistry classes, students are learning about the difference between
exothermic and endothermic reactions while also conducting the reactions themselves using
safe household chemicals. We made fizzy and foamy reactions with baking soda, citric acid,
and dish soap as well as used electrostatic forces to charge up a plastic spoon and use it to
attract pepper. We hope that we can give our girls a head start in science and overall gain
confidence in themselves to excel in any subject that sparks their interest. If you would like to
know more about our organization or how to get involved, please visit scientificadventures.org.
SAfG is a 501c3 in the East Bay Area with a mission to remove systemic barriers to all girls’
participation in STEM starting in kindergarten, engage them through hands-on learning,
increase their positive attitudes toward STEM, and equip them with 21st century skills.