Today I talked about the ocean and living underwater with girls in the Boston Science Club for Girls at the Denver McCormick Middle School in Dorchester. The Science Club for Girls is a terrific program with such a worthy goal. The four instructors were incredibly patient and qualified; one had just come back from the Peace Corp and another had a degree in physics. After telling the girls about Aquarius, they did experiments with cans in water to help understand the concept of buoyancy. As they thought about air, buoyancy and fish, one girl brightly asked if fish fart! The surprising answer to this question actually won an Ig Nobel Prize, awards given just before the Nobel Prizes to scientific research that at first makes people laugh, and then think! Regarding buoyancy, did you know that a can of Diet Coke floats but a can of regular Coke sinks? Try it! (reason why is here).
Grace Young (B.S., MIT, Ph.D, Oxford) is an ocean engineer, aquanaut, and explorer currently working at X. She lived underwater as a scientist and engineer on Fabian Cousteau’s Mission 31, and is a National Geographic Explorer.