Seneca Valley ‘STEM Fems’ Learn the Chemistry Behind Cosmetics
Using science, middle school girls create their own lip-gloss, scented stones and face scrubs.
Seneca Valley Middle School is teaming up with local businesses and organizations to enhance Science and Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for district girls.
Called STEM Fems, the middle school's all-girls group was launched in December and held their second event on February 13 at the school.
Girls were able to learn about the chemistry of cosmetics through the help of women scientists from Sonneborn, INC, Lenape Technical School and the Female Alliance for STEM Excellence.
Using chemistry, the girls were able to make their own lip gloss, scented stones, and face scrub to take home with them.
The STEM Fems series will continue through the school year with hands-on, minds-on activities and guest speakers who will talk with the girls about how these STEM activities relate to their lives and careers.
The next after school event is scheduled for March 27, when undergrads and grads in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University talk about why and how they began studying their majors, their current experiences, what computer science means to them now and their future hopes and expectations.
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