The Zoo’s Girls In Science groups spent their last day of the season together at sea! We generally take a field trip each spring and have visited the Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld, and the La Brea Tar Pits, but this is the first time we’ve gone whale watching!
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The San Diego Zoo’s Girls In Science (GIS) students were given the opportunity of a lifetime this week when we made our way out to the Zoo’s Avian Propagation Center (APC) and got to meet a very charming young fellow named Julio. Well, Julio’s not really his name, and we don’t even know for sure yet if he’s a “he” (DNA tests are pending). But the three-month-old harpy eagle being hand raised by keeper Angie Steffen is spectacular and the girls decided he was worthy of a name.
The San Diego Zoo’s Girls In Science (GIS) learned long ago that nothing is as straightforward as you might think at the Zoo. When I ask them what appears to be a simple question, they have come to the point where they are absolutely sure the answer must be complex, convoluted, or tricky. Upon our arrival at koalas this week, keeper Jennifer Moll asked them, “So, how do you weigh a koala? I could see the girls’ brains starting to turn. “Hmmm, what’s the trick? Why might it be difficult? What challenges need to be surmounted in order to weigh a koala?” Well, the simple answer is: you sit them on a scale and note the reading. Done!
Each year, in what has become an eagerly anticipated annual expedition, the San Diego Zoo’s Girls In Science (GIS) participants make their way all the way up Hospital Hill to the Pathology Department. Our first visit three years ago was a huge success, and our sessions there consistently rank at the top of the girls’ favorites list. (I am always secretly pleased that they enjoy Pathology so much, having worked in the department myself for a year on loan.)
One of my eighth grade Girls In Science (GIS) participants asked, ” Why are we going to pandas again? We go every year. It’s gonna be boring.” Yes, we do go every year, but each time the GIS have visited a scientist at the Giant Panda Research Station we’ve seen and learned something new. This visit proved to be no exception. Divided into two groups, one GIS group connected with Pamela Crowe, who taught them about ethograms and behavioral research, and the other met up with Jessica Hoffman and Angie Fiore, who walked through a training session with Mei Sheng, then led us on a tour through the entire facility.
Yes, another semester of the San Diego Zoo’s Girls In Science (GIS) program has just started up, and despite the unusually cold weather here in San Diego (ice on the windshield this morning), the girls are ready to get started!
What’s not to love about giraffes? It has become a Girls In Science (GIS) annual tradition to visit the Zoo’s giraffe herd at the beginning of a semester. They are a lovely way to introduce new GIS participants to the program’s logistics and to some very important aspects of animal care. (Read Fall Is Here!)
The days are cooler and shorter. The fog rolls in off the sea. And the voices of teenagers playing basketball reverberate over the fence that separates the San Diego Zoo from Roosevelt Middle School. The school year has started and with it, another season of the Zoo’s Girl In Science program!
Summer is a long time for me to be away from these girls that I have grown to know and adore, and I always look forward to the first day back as a time to touch base, share hugs, and hear about what the girls spent their summers doing. This year was no different, and as we wrapped up the second of our two afternoons, I found myself thrilled to be back in the swing of things!
Since starting the Girls In Science blogs, I have received several requests for more information about the program, along with expressions of disappointment when I had to explain that the program is only offered to Roosevelt Middle School students and program alums at this point in time.
I have some good news for you, though! There are two programs I know of that offer similar experiences and are open to students throughout San Diego County.