Recent investments include funding for the Fab Lab Richmond at Kennedy High, FOSS Kits for local elementary schools, the Chevron Fuel Your School program and STEM Zones at local professional athletics stadiums.
At California’s Contra Costa College last month, local middle-school girls played the part of crime scene forensics analysts, closely examining samples of lipstick taken from the scene of a mock crime. Meanwhile, girls nearby combusted methane and hydrogen to make a fiery reaction, while others explored techniques used by neurosurgeons to visualize the brain.
There were also really young geneticists bottling up DNA taken from their cheeks.
At the Chevron-sponsored Expanding Your Horizons conference on Friday, Dec. 8, local 7thand 8th grade girls worked with female scientists during a day-long event at Contra Costa College’s STEM Center.