Who would have thought that creating a simple bath bomb could create an interest in a career in science?
On April 4, 2013, Branksome Hall hosted a Middle School Mother-Daughter event called "The Bigger Bang Theory." The event was designed to nurture mother/daughter bonds but with a scientific twist.
Attendees played games, had their caricatures drawn, and received kits containing materials to build their own bath bombs. The evening was in support of Scientists in School, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that offers science workshops to children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Scientists in School's mission is to create an interest and curiosity and possibly pursue a career in the field of science.
"I think that these programs are an excellent addition to the existing curriculum programs," said Kathryn Robertson, Co-Chair of the Bigger Bang Theory evening. "The people teaching them are real scientists who have had or continue to have a career in a scientific field and who have chosen to bring their passion and real world experience to school age children. And more importantly they do so in a creative, positive manner that sparks children's interest and makes them question the world around them in an intelligent manner that hopefully continues to lead them to successive discoveries."
Branksome Hall partnered with this organization for the Bigger Bang Theory to raise awareness of the importance of keeping girls interested and open to studies in science. Getting youth interested in the sciences at a young age is important, making Middle School girls the perfect demographic.
"Middle School students are intensely curious, eager to explore new things and enjoy interacting with their peers," said Oksana Jajecznyk, Head of Branksome's Science Department. "These students are the innovators of the future and by providing them with rich hands-on learning experiences, we hope that their interest in science will be a lifelong one."
Along with raising awareness for education in science, the event also raised funds for the Scientists in School organization. To learn more about Scientists in School, visit: http://www.scientistsinschool.ca/
Photo: Mothers and daughters shared laughs and learning at the Bigger Bang Theory event.