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Lexington female scientists discovery Saturday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Living Arts & Science Center hosts a monthly Discovery Saturday with different themes for each month. For Women’s History Month the center spotlighted women in science.

What You Need To Know

  • The Living Arts & Science Center has a Discovery Saturday every month
  •  This month’s theme was focused on female scientists
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  •  Staff at the center hope the event will empower girls to pursue careers in science
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  • Roberta Burnes with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality had tasks for kids to learn about air

Roberta Burnes, an environmental education specialist with the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, was at the center to talk with kids and complete activities to teach them about the qualities of air.

“We’re going to be trapping air under the water, we’re going to be playing around with air pressure and the strength of air, how it can hold things up or hold things together, using air pressure,” said Burnes prior to her first demonstration. “We’re going to see if the kids can pour air from one cup to another under the water and just sort of explore some of the different hidden powers of air.”

There were other activities that children could explore at the center. 

Shannon Wampler-Collins, who handles community outreach for the science center, was thrilled about how many girls attended the event.

“I’ve seen a lot of girls very into the science things which makes me very happy,” said Wampler-Collins.

Fostering girls’ passion for science was a goal for today’s event.

“Visibility is crucial to all women in all fields, I feel like, but especially science,” said Wampler-Collins. “It’s extremely male-dominated and women have the brains, and the power, and the strength to do it so we need to be there.”

Spotlighting female scientists, like Burnes, is how the center wants to show upcoming generations that this is a space where women belong too.

The theme for next month’s Discovery Saturday will be celebrating Earth Day.

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