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Family Fun at the Foundry

Hosted by the Molecular Foundry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Story by Berkeley Lab September 12th, 2017

Over a hundred people attended the Molecular Foundry’s first ever family science day and ice cream social. The event was organized and hosted by the Molecular Foundry’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee in an effort to bring together the diverse community of staff, users, postdocs, students, and their families.

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Experiencing the wonder of science

Thanks to the Lab’s own Workforce Development and Education’s BLISS Resource Center, there were hands-on science activities designed for children of all ages to participate and engage in. These activities included bubble explorations, extraction of strawberry DNA, interactive microscope use, dry ice investigations, and liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstrations.

“I wish to thank the Foundry for the very nice experience my family (my two daughters, Rossella (5) and Giorgia (9)) had during the science day for family. As I said my daughters enjoyed very much most of the activities (soap bubbles are always fun!) but they were very astonished by the in situ preparation of ice-cream with liquid nitrogen (Rossella said is the best hand-made ice-cream ever! ) and Giorgia was captured by the frozen bubbles on dried ice. I think it was inspiring for them and hope we will have other chances to participate again!” – Molecular Foundry User

“My kids couldn't stop laughing when they imagined the hairs on their arms and legs, "It looks like a forest of grossness!" Now they want to come back next year and image their nose. I plan on directing them over to the DNA extraction experiment instead.” – Molecular Foundry User Program Staff

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Coming together over ice cream


Guests also enjoyed ice cream from Fentons Creamery, an iconic Bay Area ice cream shop. This event was a fun way to celebrate summer and the Foundry’s rich diverse community.

"It was a lot of fun to have the Foundry's families doing science together, and the event sparked many interesting conversations in our household. I sincerely hope this becomes an annual event and would not hesitate to bring my kids again." – Molecular Foundry Research Staff

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Supporting a culture of inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Molecular Foundry was formed in 2016 when the Foundry became its own division. The goal of the committee is to celebrate the Foundry’s diverse workforce and to serve its specific needs.


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Photography by Marilyn Chung, Berkeley Lab Lead Photographer