Dianna Cowern Participates in BeWiSE Overnighter

Cool Star Lab Outreach Coordinator Dianna Cowern participated in the BeWiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) overnight camp on April 18th at the Scripps Birch Aquarium.

BeWiSE engages young women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences, and the BeWiSE camp brought in 40 middle school girls chosen by essay submission and recommendation from their teachers. The night included ice-breaker games followed by dinner and a talk on Deep Sea Drilling by Alex Hangsterfer, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Geological Collections Manager. Alex gave the girls a great perspective on the unique jobs in oceanography.

The students than participated in workshops focused on the effects of rising CO2 levels on marine life, a chemical exploration of CO2 in oceans, and iceberg physics. The workshops were primarily conducted by graduate students from Scripps, who also discussed their unique research projects, such as studying surface acidity using stand-up paddleboards. Dianna also facilitated these workshops, sharing her experience as a Physics major and Science Communicator.

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