Virtual Girls Day

October 3, 2020

Girls Day, offered twice a year, celebrates women who are exploring, researching, and innovating in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). All are welcome!

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free.

This Girl’s Day theme is Art + Science. Meet scientists who visualize data artistically, and artists who use science and technology to inspire their work. In live online webinars, you can attend presentations, participate in hands-on activities, and chat with women who work at the intersection of art and STEM.

During the day, there will be four live presentations, as well as hands-on activities. You get to choose how you want to spend the day.

On the day of the event, use this registration link to enter the Girls Day Welcome Room, where you can ask questions about the day’s schedule and activities, and meet others who share your interests in science and art.

 

SCHEDULE


PRESENTATIONS

Each presentation is about 20 minutes followed by Q&A and informal conversation.

10:00 AM
Sophie Shrand, Producer of “Science with Sophie” YouTube Series 
Science + Comedy Writing: Girls are Brave, Curious, Funny, Smart Scientists!

11:00 AM
Rima Das, MIT graduate student in mechanical engineering
Engineering + Design: Rollercoasters, Trashion, and More

12:00 PM
Dr. Katie Bouman, MIT graduate, and Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and Electrical Engineering at Caltech
Astrophysics + Art: Making the First Image of a Black Hole

1:00 PM
Sarah Suta, Producer of “Bizarre Beasts” YouTube series 
Zoology + Filmmaking: Science Storytelling with Video

 

VIRTUAL IDEA HUB ACTIVITIES

Each activity runs continuously the whole hour; drop in and out as you like.

10:00 AM
Pop-ups and Paper Engineering
With guest builder Charlene “Chuck” Xia, MIT student.

Materials List:
Card stock or heavy paper
Scissors
Tape
Regular paper
Pencil
Ruler (optional)
Colored pencils or markers (optional)
Glue stick (optional)
X-Acto knife (optional)

11:00 AM
Beautiful Symmetry
With guest Alex Berke, mathematician and computer scientist, and a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab.

Materials List:
Printouts of Beautiful Symmetry coloring pages (if you have access to a printer)
Plain or graph paper
Colored pencils or markers
Tablet or smart phone for digital image editing (optional)

12:00 PM
Puzzle Boxes

Materials List:
Scissors
Corrugated cardboard
Tape
Ruler
Pencil
Colored pencils or markers (optional)
Hot glue gun

1:00 PM
Kinetic Sculptures: Automata
With guest builder Brie Frame ‘05, Fabricator and designer at Boxaroo.

Materials List:
Scissors
Corrugated cardboard
Tape
Toothpicks, thumbtacks, or brass fasteners
Pencil
Colored pencils or markers (optional)
Ruler (optional)
String or yarn (optional)
Rubber bands (optional)
Glue gun (optional)
Toys or interesting small objects (optional)

 

PLEASE NOTE!

This is the first MIT Museum Girls Day happening online, so technical issues may come up. If you need help, email us at museum-girls-day@mit.edu, or call ‪(857) 285-3301.

 

Supported by  the Sawhney Fund for Student Programs