What do art and science have in common? Well, today we found out they have a lot more in common than we thought. We started our day with two ladies who were on our Ladies in Science panel last week, Dr. Stephenson and Dr. Gordon. Kylie from LeMoyne and Khadijah Weathers, an instructor at FAMU, along with a crew of volunteers from the FSU DREAM program also joined us to help make a connection between science and art. We learned about deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA and how it is our individual “blueprint.” Just like our DNA, our paintings of DNA were all different. Capturing a scientific concept in an artistic way turned out to be a fun time for all!
We spent our afternoon with Dr. Amy McKenna, a chemist here at the Mag Lab. She taught us about molecules being two or more atoms. We learned that those molecules can be hydrophobic, loving water or they can be hydrophilic, loving oil. Other substances partly “like” water and partly “like” oil. These are called surfactants. We used liquid dish soap to demonstrate how surfactants work in different liquids (skim milk, whole milk and half and half). The results were stunningly beautiful, colorful creations. All in all, today we learned not only is science cool and interesting, it can also be beautiful! We also started working on our research of women in science. Stay tuned tomorrow for more SciGirls adventures as we learn life-saving skills, apply engineering skills in a wet setting and get a little techy!