November was a busy month for UIUC SACNAS! As far as outreach, our last Cena y Ciencias: Phases of the Moon was a success and we volunteered at Genome Day at the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum and ran demos for Latino Family Visit Day.
Annually, SACNAS offers Spanish speakers to serve as translators at Genome Day in our mission to make Spanish a language of power in the scientific community and to allow Spanish speakers to surpass a language barrier that would otherwise have deterred them from these activities.
For Latino Family Visit Day, we performed three experiments for the visiting high school students and their college student siblings . Brenda Andrade lead a lesson about surfactants using dry ice and soap, Alex Stanton led a project using cornstarch and water about non-Newtonian fluids, and then Tania Aguilar taught us about unit cells and crystal structures using gum drops and toothpicks.
A special thanks to Alicia P. Rodriguez for the photos!