Girls Researching Our World (GROW) has a 20 year history of inspiring and encouraging girls' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through the years, we have enabled middle school girls to meet with K-State students and faculty completing cutting-edge research in fields that may be of interest to them. Each year, we offer 2 Saturday Workshops and 1 Summer Workshop.
Champions of Change
February 23, 2019
In honor of Black History Month, students learned more about some of the many influential black scientists, engineers, and mathematicians whose contributions were and are groundbreaking. 72 students attended. Activities included, "Connecting Genetics and Agriculture," which celebrated Marie Maynard Daly, the first black woman to earn a PhD in chemistry; "The Basic Tale of a Rather Hairy Business," where students learned about hair care chemistry and earlier scientists Annie Malone and Madame CJ Walker; and "Filaments & Flux," that explored the life and work of Warren E. Harding.
Science Behind the News
November 3, 2018
Participants went behind the headlines to understand the science, technology, engineering and math that contributes to breaking news around the world! 93 students attended. The activities included: "To Learn or To Eat," which examined ways to solve the global food shortage issue so that no child needs to choose between food and learning; "How MUCH is 40" of Rain?" where students learned about floods that caused damage in Manhattan and in the Carolinas, and "Number Systems and Counting Dots," which involved a math game and counting the way computers do!
June 5-7, 2019
KAWSE celebrated 20 years of Summer Workshops! 55 middle-schoolers joined the fun with 3 days of hands-on learning on the K-State campus. They stayed in Marlatt Residence Hall and ate at the newly remodeled Kramer Dining Center. Students had the chance to visit the K-State rec center and natatorium. Hands-on activities included "Moving Buildings to Move Agriculture Forward," where students visited state-of-the-art phenotyping facilities; "From Plants to Paper," where students made their very own paper...using plants; and "Animal Nutrition: What do we feed animals and why?" where students examined differences in animal digestive tracks and how that influences what they eat.
Out of This World
February 24, 2018
This NASA-themed workshop investigated the science behind exploring space. Activities included: "Astronaut Fatigue," about the physiological signal monitoring needed to keep track of astronaut health; "It IS Rocket Science," where students learned more about being inside of a rocket ship; and "Mission to Mars," where students tested their skills on a Mars obstacle course! 115 students attended this event.
October 28, 2017
Our Halloween-themed workshop investigated the spookier side of STEM. Students participated in workshop like "CSI: Manhattan," "Ghouls Reducing Our Wattage," and "Wizard's Potion." These activities solved entomolgical mysteries, improved energy efficiency, and used chemistry to create a foam that grows. 89 middle-school students participated.
June 7-9, 2017
79 middle-school students joined KAWSE for the 18th annual Summer Workshop. The students spent 3-days and 2-nights on the K-State campus, learning more about what its like to be a college student in a STEM major. Students stayed in the Moore Residence Hall and ate at the Derby Dining Center. In the evenings, students enjoyed a pool party and movie night. During the day, they enjoyed activities such as "Biology in High Containment," "Melanin: How Nature Makes Black and Brown," and a tour of the Equine Performance Testing Center.
April 22, 2017
In honor of Earth Day, 66 students participated in activities related to natural resources management, environmental science, and innovations in STEM that help make the planet (and our lives) healthier! Example activities included: "Future Filtration," which investigated how water filtration can provide clean water to those in need; "How Unmanned Aircraft Affect a Sustainable Environment," linking unmanned aircraft systems and agricultural operations; and "Growing UP: Urban Gardens," to examine how growing food in urban areas may be increasingly important.
Ticks, Mosquitoes and Zika, Oh My!
November 12, 2016
During this workshop, students explored diseases, how they spread, and the various impacts of wide-spread diseases. 74 students attended, and enjoyed activities like "EEEWWW, It's a Tick!;" "How Did I Get the Plague?" and "Careers in Veterinary Medicine." Throughout the day, students learned more about how diseases spread between people and the environment, how technology helps scientists track outbreaks, and the many careers focused on preventing harmful diseases.
June 8-10, 2016
The 17th annual Summer Workshop saw 50 middle school students join for 3-days and 2-nights of activities! Students stayed in the Moore Resident Hall and ate at one of the K-State Dining Facilities. During the day, the students participated in STEM-themed activities, including: "Brewing a Tornado," where students viewed a tornado chamber to learn more about extreme weather; "Eat them or Light Them," during which students made their own flashlights using vegetables; and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Worms," where students examined nematode worms under dissecting microscopes.
All Together for Innovation
February 27, 2016
During this event, 88 students enjoyed activities that helped them explore the way scientists and engineers create ideas and inventions that make our lives happier, healthier, safer, and easier! Some of the activities include: "How Strong is Sand?", students constructed a bridge using sand and tissue paper, "Turning Up the Heat on Cancer", students learned about microwave devices used for treating cancer with heat, and "DNA: Revealing the Code of Life", students discussed the importance of DNA, demo electrophoresis and physical mapping, and hands on isolation of fruit DNA from strawberries.
All for Animal Health
November 14, 2015
At this event, students from all over Kansas learned about how scientists and engineers help make animals lives easier and healthy. Some of the activities include: "Exploring Equine Digestion System", which explored the digestion system in horses, "Toxicology in a Box", where the students learned about important concepts in toxicology such as dose-response, body size, variability in response, and the uptake of chemicals, and "It's in their Genes", which looked at how DNA strands are formed.
June 3-5, 2015
This summer, 33 middle school students attended our 16th annual Summer Workshop. The students spent three days on K-State's campus participating in a wide variety of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities led by faculty and students. Students were assigned to one of two groups. Each group was assigned two K-State female STEM student mentors. Activities were held in classrooms and laboratories on campus, and in the evenings the students explored the other side of campus life - swimming, bowling, and hanging out in the residence halls. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible! Visit our Facebook page for pictures from the workshop - facebook.com/KStateKAWSE.