Girls in Science camp

October 29, 2015
Burke Museum

"Every day was another adventure. We got to go on field trips and meet scientists and look behind the scenes. We looked at DNA samples. We went down to the water and collected algae and looked at it under microscopes. It’s interesting how small things can be in the world, compared to how big we are.

My favorite part was probably seeing the birds, because it’s really cool how they get all the birds from different places, and they have so many birds that people give to them. They have nests and eggs and they collect feathers and wings, and they even have non-wild birds from the zoo. They do tests on them and it’s very interesting. Every bird I named they had. I love birds and I collect a lot of bird feathers. I have Northern Flicker feathers, Wild Turkey, Blue Jay… I’ve been really into birds for a while.

I’m really into a lot of scientific things because I want to be an engineer or a programmer when I grow up. I am just one of those people who is really curious. How do feathers attach to birds? I’m really interested in what things are made of. I have a lot of ideas for making certain things using creativity."

Alise wading in Lake Union

Photo: Andrew Waits

"I heard on the radio that they showed a picture of woman engineer to people and most people said, “Oh she is a fashion model or a designer.” That’s because there are many men who are engineers and not as many women. I think we need more women engineers.

Men have the privilege of doing certain things. If we can’t play baseball or football, why can men do it? We are the exact same. We are as strong as them and capable of doing things.

Next year it would be good if we could observe things a little more and make little drawings of leaves or make clay sculptures of animals. Or maybe blow things up. I know a safe way to do that."

"I’m really into a lot of scientific things because I want to be an engineer or a programmer when I grow up. [...] I think we need more women engineers."

—Alise D., 6th-grade Girls in Science camp participant

Alise D. is a 6th grader in Seattle, Washington. She plays volleyball, sings, dances and makes art. This summer, Alise participated in the Burke’s Girls in Science camp, which connects middle-school girls with female Burke and UW scientists to conduct hands-on experiments and participate in research.

Excerpted from "In Our Own Words," the Burke Museum 2015 Annual Report.

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