27 July 2018

SciGirls II - Day 10 -- Last day

SciGirls2 with Southeast Archeological Center and "Pat"SciGirls2 with Southeast Archeological Center and "Pat"

The last day of camp (super sad face.)  Today was a bittersweet day, as we wrapped up an amazing two weeks of scientific fun! This morning, our girls were challenged to create posters displaying either what they aspire to be when they grow up in science, or which career covered over the past two weeks they were inspired by the most. From there, the displays gave a definition of the career, and steps needed to be taken from now until then to achieve that career. Our girls were blown away when they started their research, but quickly discovered that with some work, they can achieve anything they want to, as long as they try, and never give up! Of course, we had to have just one more visit on this last day from women in science. The Southeast Archeological Center with the National Park Service, led by Alexandra Parsons and her staff, came to give a presentation and hands on activity all about the science behind archaeology. The presentation dove into what archeologists do at sites, how they use chemistry to identify residue, math to identify ages and diet eaten, statistical analysis, and the use of ground penetrating radar to image what is below the ground surface. The ladies explained the excavation process, stratigraphy (the layers of soil that make up an archeological site,) seriation, dendrochronology (tree ring dating,) radiocarbon dating, and osteology. From there, the girls split into three rotations where they got to get a hands on experience with the SEAS women. One station focused on stratigraphy and seriation, where girls had to determine the time period for each stratigraphic layer based on items recovered. Another station focused on dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating, where girls needed to determine how old the site is, where artifacts were found. The also used dendrochronology to decide how old the trees were when they were cut at the site. The last station focused on human osteology, the study of the structure and function of the skeleton and bone structures, and paleodemography, the study of the composition of human populations in antiquity and prehistory. This station sorted skeletal remains into anatomical positions, using skeleton drawings as guides. They also looked into dentition, the arrangement of an individual’s teeth! It was a super scientific, hands on, and fun experience! We are very thankful for SEAS for coming out to the MagLab for us! Once we were finished with our activity, it was time to settle down, complete camp post-surveys, and finish up our presentation displays in preparation for tonight’s end of camp reception. Whew! It was an amazing, intense, fabulous ride, and one that we hope our SciGirls will never forget! For now, SciGirls II 2018 is out! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family to apply for next summer!!

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