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STEM Girls 2019 - Woodland, CA
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USDA-ARS scientists participated in the Yolo County Office of Education STEM for Girls event in Woodland, CA on March 3rd, 2019. The one-day event was organized to increase girls' interest in STEM fields, build a sense of belonging in STEM, and connect underrepresented minorities with STEM role models.

Three female USDA-ARS scientist and staff spoke with middle school girls about careers in science and explained the necessary steps to achieve such careers. Presentations and small group discussions were orchestrated for the students. The program was sponsored by the USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program.

The workshop performed by the USDA-ARS scientists consisted of an interactive DNA Extraction (using plant material, such as spinach or peas, water, salt, meat tenderizer, dishwashing soap, and some rubbing alcohol) with the students to explore the genetic causes of disease. This hands-on demonstration was followed by an Ask a Scientist question board where girls got a chance to ask the scientists about their careers and how they got to where they are today.

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Presenters pictured from left to right: Erin Galarneau, Jamie Ott, Holly Forbes, Albre Brown, and Dr. Kerri Steenwerth


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