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STOCKTON FWO: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Invites Stockton FWO as a Guest Speaker
California-Nevada Offices , January 8, 2014
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Mother-daughter teams are learning about cell structure.
Mother-daughter teams are learning about cell structure. - Photo Credit: Photo by : U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On January 8, 2014, staff from the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office participated in AAUW’s annual Mother and Daughter Science Camp. The camp consists of thirteen mother and daughter teams along with three instructors. The camp was held once a week for approximately eight weeks at U.C. Merced and Castle Science and Technology center located in Atwater, California.

The goal of the science camp is to encourage fourth and fifth grade girls to take an interest in the various fields of science, math, technology and engineering. The camp consisted of hands-on lessons and special guest speakers. In the first lesson, the mother-daughter teams investigated the basic building blocks of life; cells. Upon learning the make-up of cells and discovering the delicate differences between animal and plant cells, the teams jumped into constructing their very own model cells using edible materials. The girls and their mothers also created models of plant life cycles using a variety of vegetables in various stages of growth. The final lesson was the frog dissection. Each mother and daughter team was given a bull frog, scissors and forceps. Working through detailed lists, they were able to discover the basic functions of numerous organs and systems within their bullfrog subjects.

As a guest speaker, Pam Tarelli, a biological science technician at the Stockton FWO, discussed her education and employment background as a biological science technician with the Service. She also talked about the wide range of work performed in fisheries and emphasized that this is a dynamic field that included aspects of hydrology, geology, biology and statistics just to name a few. Then, to drive home the wide range of opportunities the science fields offered, Tarelli presented a slide show focusing on women in science doing what they loved. The slides included pictures of women exploring the normally unseen with microscopes, dissections, female boat operators navigating local waterways and women restoring natural habitat for endangered species.

The goal of the presentation was to emphasize the fact that women have made a positive impact to the field of science and the possibilities of what the next generation of female scientist will offer. The presentation also included samples of native fish found on their local Merced River, as well as specimens within the San Francisco Bay and a few unusual fish from the Pacific Ocean. The girls were amazed to learn how many fish species are found in their local area.

To encourage outdoor exploration, every mother daughter team received an explorer pack provided by the Stockton FWO. Each backpack contained sun screen, two types of hydration bottles, a magnifying glass, a pencil and field note book. Also included in the packs was a field guide for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is local and the mother and daughter teams were encouraged to pack a lunch, grab their explorer packs and spend a day of discovery with their family at one of the several San Luis NWRC refuges.


Contact Info: Jerrica Lewis, 209-334-2968 ext 328, Jerrica_Lewis@fws.gov
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