Supporting Women in STEM

hands on science/

Brain Awareness

Next Event Scheduled: May 4, 2018

AWIS Central Az

The annual Hands on Science/Brain Awareness event encourages young female scientists to pursue a career in STEM by giving them the opportunity to experience cutting edge research in a welcoming university environment. During this one day event, students tour various labs at Arizona State University and participate in hands on activities ranging from gram staining microbial slides, investigating sample crime scenes, engaging in alternative energy experiments in an anaerobic chamber, observing insect behavior studies,experiencing a wind tunnel, viewing meteorites and images taken by the Lunar  reconnaissance Orbiter camera, visiting the Marston Theater to scanning images of neurons with laser based microscopes.

During the annual Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) female students are invited to submit a request to have their project judged for the AWIS-CAZ Outstanding Poster Award. All participants are also invited to register for the Hands on Science event.

In conjunction with the Society for Neuroscience and the DANA Institute, the WM Keck Bioimaging lab, housed in the School of Life Sciences at ASU hosts a Brain Awareness event. Students rotate through various stations that give them the opportunity to get first hand experience at learning how image based materials can be made accessible to the visually impaired, how behavioral neural scientists trace neurons to observe changes in plasticity in response to stress, and how fluorescently labeled brain sections and neural cultures are imaged using instrumentation such as the laser scanning confocal microscope. Students are invited to share their images on the ASU Hands on Science Facebook Page which gives them the opportunity to share their experience with friends and a portal for ongoing education.

The Hands on Science/Brain Awareness 2016 event was sponsored by the ASU School of Life Sciences, Ticketmaster, TactilEyes, CHEF, the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Biodesign Institute.

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