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Solving a Mystery at Girls in Science Camp In

What could be better than solving a mystery and spending the night in a museum — especially one as cool as the Science Museum of Virginia? Middle school girls are packing their sleeping bags for Girls in Science Camp InOctober 12th-13th. This overnight adventure will team them with women employees of DuPont and members of the Society of Women Engineers - the two sponsoring organizations.

Their mysterious evening begins with a description of a crime – burglars have broken into a major city’s museum and stolen priceless gems, jewelry and other valuable items. Now it’s up to the girls, with the help of their adult mentors, to use forensic science as they sift through clues and evidence needed to analyze and solve the fictitious crime. 

Along the way they discover how to:

  • find and analyze fingerprints,
  • determine the type of ink on a piece of evidence,
  • figure out where material fibers found on the scene come from,
  • determine the type of blood on broken glass and
  • check out dental impressions.

With all this fun, new-found science and technology knowledge from the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) they may get a glimpse into their future.

“The DuPont Spruance Plant has been supporting the Girls in Science event at the Science Museum of Virginia for many years now, because we recognize the importance of introducing young students to areas of science and technology that they may not have been as familiar with,” says DuPont Operations Regional Public Affairs Manager Lisa Randall. “The Society of Women Engineers founded this event, in conjunction with DuPont, so that girls, especially, would become more interested in STEM careers. When science is experienced in a fun, relaxed atmosphere, young people become much more intrigued. We’re pleased to again sponsor this year’s event, which will feature a forensics theme.”

“This is an opportunity for girls to learn things not taught in schools,” says Science Museum of Virginia Manager of Education and Inspiration Karen McKenzie. “We’re really lucky to have companies like DuPont and groups like the Society of Women Engineers who help provide role models that can inspire the girls as they look toward future careers.”

In addition to solving the crime, the girls will explore the Museum’s newest permanent exhibition Boost! and see the giant screen film Flight of the Butterflies in The Dome. 

Click here for Girls in Science Camp In Details. Pre-registration is required - please call 804.864.1400 Saturday, October 12th through Sunday, October 13th. Admission is $10 per person. For every four girls, one adult chaperone is required. 

Article by: Nancy TaitManager, Communications and Stories, Science Museum of Virginia

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