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February 3, 2023

Demonstrate broader impacts at Girls Researching Our World workshop on March 4

Submitted by Stephanie Wacker

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Researching Our World, or GROW, workshop on Saturday, March 4, on the K-State Manhattan campus. 

Activities should incorporate the workshop theme, "Happy Healthy Planet." The workshop will investigate how STEM and STEM professionals are working to create a happier and healthier planet through their areas of expertise. Activity proposals should relate to the theme. Stephanie Wacker, KAWSE program coordinator, is available to help brainstorm activity ideas and relate facilitators' areas of expertise to the event theme. KAWSE can also help find student volunteers to assist with the activity. 

Activity sessions are 45 minutes and attended by 8-12 middle school students at a time. Sessions begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Facilitators may choose to host the morning sessions, afternoon sessions or all sessions. The session should be a hands-on experience; any presentations should be less than 10 minutes. A GROW student employee will chaperone each group to and from sessions and will be present during the activity to help facilitate as necessary. A free lunch is provided at noon for those facilitators who request one. 

An activity proposal guide is available on the KAWSE website to help with activity development. Activity proposals are due by Feb. 18.

The KAWSE office can provide letters of support to grant agencies for those who collaborate.

Event capacity is limited to 100 middle school students, grades 6-8. The GROW program is organized by the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, or KAWSE. Event registration information is available on the GROW website. Office staff can be reached at kawse@k-state.edu, 785-532-6088 or in person at 215 Fairchild Hall to answer any questions.

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