Dr. Candice Duncan from the Environmental Science and Technology Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, along with Mrs. Doris Maxwell, retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee, chair the WIT Girls STEAM Initiative. Dr. Duncan kicked off the program on Saturday, May 15, 2021, with a virtual presentation, “Chemistry in Daily Life,” for middle school girls in the WIT Rites of Passage Circle.
Dr. Duncan guided the girls through testing the acidity level of household ingredients, such as bleach, Windex, tomatoes, pineapple juice, Alka Seltzer, water, baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and stove top cleaner. The highlight of the day was testing Gorilla Glue to find out its pH level.
Thank you to Dr. Muhjah Shakir of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace for securing the conference room at Tuskegee University’s Carver Integrative Sustainability Center for the STEAM workshop.