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“The Mammoth Site® participates in the Women In Science Conference” By: Monica Bugbee

Published on March 16, 2016 under Current Research
“The Mammoth Site® participates in the Women In Science Conference” By: Monica Bugbee

The Mammoth Site® recently participated in the Women In Science Conference hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The conference provides a day of fun science related activities and talks for middle school girls throughout the greater Black Hills region. Women have been historically underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) related fields, and this event is designed to familiarize girls to the many diverse avenues through which they can pursue science as a career. Over thirty groups, including The Mammoth Site, set up tables showcasing various fields including biology, forestry, engineering, medical sciences, and of course, paleontology.

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Kelli Juhl with examples of the molding and casting process.

Preparator, Monica Bugbee, and Molding and Casting Specialist, Kelli Juhl, helped introduce participants to the world of fossils. Monica used replica bones to demonstrate how fossils can be used to learn about animal biology and ancient environments. Kelli talked about the role of art in science and created a hands-on activity where the girls could make their own miniature fossil casts. The day was a great success with over 650 girls attending!

Fossil Replicas

Molds used in the hands on activity where students could create and take home their own fossil replica.

The Women In Science Conference was sponsored by Youth in Science Rapid City and SD Mines Women in Science and Engineering.

To view local news coverage of the event, follow the links below:

http://www.kotatv.com/news/south-dakota-news/women-in-science-conference-empowers-young-women/38410364

http://www.blackhillsfox.com/home/headlines/Women-in-Science-Conference–SDSMT-inspires-hundreds-of-female-students–371459481.html