Having been so inspired by these camps as a kid, I jump at the chance to volunteer at any sort of event where kids (particularly girls) get a chance to learn about science. If they get a chance to do hands-on activities, all the better.
Over the past year, I have helped host visitors from PA Junior Scientists and Upward Bound in the anthropology department at Penn State, spent a (long!) day talking about science and doing mini-experiments in biology classes as State College High, and helped Girl Scouts earn science badges. My favorite activities, though, were when Laurel and I showed students how to extract DNA using household chemicals. They end up with a snot-looking mass of DNA that they can take home. We've done that project with Penn State science camps for high school and middle school girls and everybody loves it. We even taught it to a group of middle school science teachers so hopefully it is spreading through central PA.
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