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Our Visit to Girls Day at the Tech: Everybody Makes!

May 12, 2016
By Stephen Thomforde
My 2 word description: Chummy Entertainer
I learn about Teenforce’s programs while wearing the Body Metrics gear. It felt very borg-like… in a good way!

This past Saturday, the Tech Museum of Innovation and Design held the first of its Girls Day at the Tech events for 2016, with the theme "Everybody Makes!” These events are designed to help expose all children—but specifically girls—to opportunities and role models in STEM fields.

There were over 20 groups who set up event-specific booths, including the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula and Teenforce. These organizations not only provided inspiration for girls interested in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, but also resources to support children at home.

The Tech was a perfect backdrop for these many special activities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Tech is a veritable fairyland for the Maker in everyone. Although the museum is geared toward children, I had a great time exploring the many interactive exhibits.

Kids learn the physics behind catapults using popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, and Skittles.

One of my favorites was the Body Metrics Exhibit. This interactive exhibit lets you check out wearable technology that keeps track of muscle tension, heartbeat, sociability, and many other metrics. After putting on the device, you are meant to explore the museum for about 30 minutes. At that point, you are able to examine all the data that has been colected. To provide a baseline, it also compares your readings to everyone else who’s visited recently, along with a 2 word description. You can see what types of situations made you most energetic, anxious, calm, and nervous. This exhibit confirmed what I already knew about myself. I’m happiest working with people to learn something new.

Overall, the event was a huge success. Attendance skyrocketed that day with many people coming specifically for the event. The whole museum had great energy and the theme was the perfect canvas for kids to experiment, learn, and have fun!