Girls4Science

One of the groups works to complete all of the last-minutes details for their presentation while their instructor fields questions from the back of the room.
One of the groups works to complete all of the last-minutes details for their presentation while their instructor fields questions from the back of the room.

Aseet Patel (Banner & Witcoff) introduced CIPA to the Girls4Science project in Chicago and on 7 May 2016, CIPA volunteers participated in judging the final presentations of the members of the Girls4Science program across the Chicago area–at Malcolm X College, Olive Harvey College, and the University of St. Francis.  All who participated had a wonderful time interacting with the girls as they did the final preparations for their presentations on Zoology, the topic of the semester.

After the judging was completed, the CIPA volunteers gave the girls some information about intellectual property–patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks–pointing out which of the various regimes might be important to them in relation to their projects and presentations.

One of the groups presents research on the territorial presence of Pumas across the Americas.
One of the groups presents research on the territorial presence of Pumas across the Americas.

The volunteers also provided a Patent fact sheet that was developed by CIPA volunteers for the CPS Science Fair and updated by Aseet specifically for the Girls4Science project participants.

Presentations Ready to Go!
Presentations Ready to Go!

Teri McClerklin (Michael Best) and Prof. Mickie Piatt (Chicago-Kent College of Law) judged the presentations at Malcolm X and made the award presentation to the winning team as shown in the photo.  Both fielded numerous questions from the audience and enjoyed the interaction with the instructors, the guests, and the students themselves–a very worthwhile program in Chicago!!

First Place Winners at the Malcolm X location
First Place Winners at the Malcolm X location