A golden homecoming: sparking interest in science

A golden homecoming: sparking interest in science

October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

One of the joys of ASU Homecoming weekend is having an opportunity to engage young minds in science, with the potential to dazzle them with our science and make a lasting impact. This past Saturday, Oct. 18, more than 30,000 folks had a blast in the pre-game block party festivities before the Sun Devils take down of Univ. of Washington (a 53-24 stomping). 

Biodesign was well-represented with our own science-themed tent, drawing in more than 1,000 inquistive spectators on their way to the football game to have some fun, see demos of Biodesign science, and take part in hands-on activities. Families got to create their very own DNA necklace by smashing up strawberries and purifying DNA with just a few household products: dishwashing soap, meat tenderizer, and rubbing alchohol. The looks on kids' faces is pricesless as they first see the milky, stringy, snotty-looking DNA appear before their eyes.

We also taught them the value of washing their hands in preventing disease with an activity scientist Shelley Haydel developed. Now they can go back to school armed with new knowledge just in time for cold and flu season! 

Putting on the big show tent is never easy, and Biodesign is fortunate to have so many extraordinary volunteers who made it all possible. Kudos and special thanks to Julie Kurth and Patty Rosciano for coordinating the whole shebang, and the 80 plus volunteers that brightened up so many families' day.

 

Written by: Joe Caspermeyer