THE CURIE-OSITY PROJECT

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained".

--Marie Curie, two-time Nobel Prize winner for her work in radioactivity

The Curie-osity Project is a partnership between the GGSE McEnroe Reading Clinic and Girls Inc, fostering 21stcentury literacies and inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Each year, the Curie-osity Project engages 25 upper elementary school girls in research and hands-on science and literacy activities at UCSB. 

These activities include reading about famous women scientists, visiting scientists’ labs at the university, interviewing women scientists and innovators, creating art and writing about the women. After learning with scientists as co-researchers, the girls work in teams to author biographical profiles or digital stories about the female scientists, engineers, and innovators. 

 

By introducing elementary school students to female scientists in fields ranging from biogeochemistry to mechanical engineering, and by providing authentic ways to contribute to our understanding of the world, we hope to unsettle inaccurate notions of science and of assumed pathways to becoming a scientist. 

Home edition

Curie-osity

Fostering and exploring our curiosities doesn’t have to stop even though we can’t be together in person for the time being. Check out some fun activities our facilitators at Curie-osity have put together to keep you discovering more and more science.

 

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Activities to try at home!

Finding Fingerprints!

This activity will teach you how to lift fingerprints from objects just like a real forensic biologist by using common household items. 

Beach Contamination

How does hazardous waste end up on our beaches? How easy is it to clean up? In this simulation, students are challenged to find and remove a baking soda contaminant from a plastic shoebox filled with damp sand

Buoyancy and Density

Do you know why or how boats float? What makes something float while some things sink? Well, in physics, buoyancy is the upward force of an object when it is immersed in a fluid (like water) or even air, which allows it to float

Right on target: Engineering a catapult

In this activity we are going to test out the design steps through building a catapult! There are going to be steps listed below on how to create a certain type of catapult, but you are free to change it! Try using different materials or a different shape and see how this changes how it works.

Making Strawberry-Lemonade slush using chemistry!

In this video we will show you how to make your own strawberry-lemonade slush by using chemistry. Check it out!

Physics Experiment: Egg drop

In this experiment we will be looking at 2 different concepts: Gravity and Drag. If you have ever studied gravity, you probably have heard about Isaac Newton, a physicist that came up with the concept while observing a falling apple. Gravity is a pull towards the earth’s core that

objects, like humans or apples, feel and it helps us not float off into space

DIY Plastic Bag Ice Cream

Have you ever made homemade ice cream? It can be a lot of fun, and

you end up with a tasty frozen treat for summer! A lot of interesting

chemistry is actually needed to make ice cream. For example, think

about how you start out with refrigerated (or even roomtemperature)

ingredients and then need to cool them down to turn them into ice cream. In this chemistry experiment, you will get to make your own ice cream in a bag and test out a method to chill the ingredients and make them into a delicious reward!

Pandemic Modeling Experiment

For this week’s experiment, we thought it would be important to talk about the current situation that is on everyone’s mind: the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be discussing what a pandemic is and show why it is important to follow social distancing using an experiment and some cool online simulators!

Engineering activity: Roving on the Moon

In this activity, students build a rubber-band-powered rover that can scramble across the room. Students will follow the engineering design process to design and build a rover out of cardboard, figure out how to use rubber bands to spin the wheels, and improve their design based on testing results.