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More than 40 girls learn about science and technology during Girls’Day


On Thursday, 26 April 2018, a total of 43 schoolgirls– an unprecedented number – from grades 5 through 9 had the opportunity to find out about the work at GSI and FAIR during Girls’Day. They took advantage of this future-oriented day to gain an insight into the many activities that are pursued at an international research institution, especially in professions where women have seldom been represented so far.

For the participants, Girls’Day began with a welcoming address by Dorothee Sommer, head of the Human Resources department, and Dr. Birgit Kindler as a representative of the equal opportunities committee. This was followed by a tour of the particle accelerator and experiment facilities on the research campus.

After that, the girls could gain practical experiences in various technical and scientific working areas at workshops, technical laboratories, and research departments. Many departments had prepared for the girls’ visit by creating a special program, and they provided plenty of support for their young visitors. For example, the girls could try their hand in the mechanical workshops, soldered electronics and worked with concrete. They were also given a tour of the construction site of the future FAIR particle accelerator, which will be unequaled anywhere else in the world.

After all this, the girls could look back on an exciting day during which they had achieved many practical results. For example, they had produced candle holders, milled buttons for themselves, made ice cream with liquid nitrogen, controlled bikes for their safety equipment or plated components with a metallic layer in the electroplating shop.

Girls’Day is a day of action all over Germany. On this day, businesses, factories, and universities all over Germany open their doors to schoolgirls from Grade 5 and above. There the girls learn about courses of study and professions that offer traineeships in the areas of IT, the skilled trades, the natural sciences, and technology — areas where women have seldom been active in the past.

Group pictures
CNC milling
LED measurements
Participants of the Girls'Day 2018 in front of a historical component of the GSI linear accelerator.
In the workshop the participants milled buttons with aid of a CNC machine.
In Atomic Physics the girls analyzed the properties of light-emitting diodes and wrote their findings into the lab journal.
In Experiment Electronics the participants soldered electronic dice.
In the electro-plating workshop the participants covered Cent coins with a layer of gold.
Photo: G. Otto, GSI
Photo: G. Otto, GSI
Photo: G. Otto, GSI
Photo: G. Otto, GSI
[Translate to English:] Foto: P. Willinger