Cosmetic chemistry: Cabrini High program empowers girls through science of shampoo, physics of fizz

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 10:48:59 PM. Girls can wear their makeup and make it too. That's one thing students learned on a recent Super Science Saturday, a local high school program aiming to empower girls to
Girls can wear their makeup and make it too. That's one thing students learned on a recent Super Science Saturday, a local high school program aiming to empower girls to explore science by learning about products they use daily. The clink of test tubes and scent of bubble gum and spice filled a classroom at Cabrini High School as girls in seventh and eighth grade from across the city analyzed the characteristics of shampoo and created their own soap, dusting powder, sugar scrub and bath fizzies. Students were annoyed by a recent reports that some men in Silicon Valley questioned the abilities of women in technology. A memo by James Damore, a former Google employee, asserted that women are biologically less capable of success in technical fields. “I really like science,” said Audrey Wyble, 12, a seventh-grader at St. Anthony of Padua School. “It’s cruel that some don’t think girls can be good at science.” Audrey said she attended nearly all Cabrini's Super Science sessions in the past year and wants to study computers in college. “You have to give everyone a chance,” she said, adding she's confident she can succeed in anything she works hard at. Parents were glad to see their daughters defying negative opinions. “That’s crazy,” said Erica Blatcher, a parent of one of the student. “We need to be encouraging young women, telling them they can do anything.” Her daughter Jordyn, a seventh-grader at Edward Hynes Charter School, has attended the sessions since fourth grade.  Super...Read more
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