Pacific Northwest celebrates National Science and Technology Week
April 19, 1996
RICHLAND, Wash. –
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is celebrating National Science and Technology Week, April 21-27, with a host of science education activities for students and educators throughout the state and region.
National Science and Technology Week is an annual event sponsored by the National Science Foundation, an independent agency of the federal government. NSTW started in 1984 as a means of building public understanding of science and technology, and the roles they play in our everyday lives. The program strives to increase the interest of children and adults in science and technology.
Pacific Northwest has some of the same goals and has arranged several activities during the week that enhance ongoing science education efforts at the laboratory.
Monday and Tuesday, representatives from eight northwest regional colleges and universities will examine the "Collaboratory" potential of the new Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest. The "Collaboratory" is the vision of having colleges, universities and other researchers collaborating with laboratory staff by using the Internet and other high technology communication tools. The Collaboratory would provide remote access to one-of-a-kind research equipment used in the EMSL. Representatives of the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium and the Washington Center for Improving the Qualify of Undergraduate Education also will attend the two-day program.
On Monday, a Toppenish Middle School seventh grade class will survey the flora, fauna and water quality along a tributary of the Yakima River located on Yakama Nation lands. The 20 participating students are part of the Department of Energy's OPTIONS In Science program for minority middle school students in the Yakima Valley. Following their field experience, these students will serve as mentors for the other students who will study the plant, animal and water samples they will bring back to their science classroom.
On Thursday, nearly 150 young women will visit the laboratory as part of the national "Take Our Daughters To Work" day. This program is intended to introduce young women to career opportunities at an early age and to counter the message given to many young women that they do not have many career options -- especially in the scientific and technical fields.
On Saturday, 29 Science Alive elementary teachers from this region will attend a four-hour hands-on workshop on classroom science activities provided by NSF for National Science and Technology Week. The activities involve investigating fibers and fabric to design an "ideal" Olympic headband and learning physics by designing and building a wind-powered vehicle which will be demonstrated at the end of the session. Science Alive is an ongoing program for teachers, sponsored by DOE and NSF, that offers summer research experiences at Pacific Northwest and uses the scientific and human resources of the laboratory to help teachers develop their expertise in scientific curriculum development and instruction. Teachers from Kennewick, Toppenish and Yakima are currently participating in the program.