Girl’s Science Day (Fall 2019)

On November 16th 2019, QASR members volunteered as experiment leaders at Girl’s Science Day to foster interest and boost confidence in STEM fields for middle school girls. QASR taught about social networks, with a short lecture, worksheet exercise, an experiment, and real-time visualization in RStudio.

Surprisingly, middle school girls were eager to participate and contribute. First, the girls familiarized themselves with social network concepts using various examples, such as the NYC subway system and Snapchat. Afterwards, everyone filled out worksheets and created social network webs with their favorite celebrities, Harry Potter characters, or about themselves.

Finally, there were yarn experiments and real-time visualizations of those networks. Everyone stood around in circles, made statements, and connected with each other using colored yarns. Every girl was a node, and yarn was used as edges. Then, the physical yarn connections were coded and visualized. This interactive exercise facilitated interest about social networks and coding, which was very fulfilling. It was very nice to create an environment for girls to actively participate in an experiment and empower them.

Details about the event is available here (


Web Scraping Workshop with Python

On October 18th 2019, QASR hosted a web scraping workshop using python’s selenium package, led by QMSS student Yi Yin. It was an interactive workshop where we scraped from the web together. Not many students had web scraping experience, so step-by-step guides and pre-written codes made it easier and more approachable. Web scraping was done on two different websites. For the first, we worked on extracting information from a static page. For the other, Yi guided us on how to automate the whole process from loading the page, searching on the website for the information you want, clicking, extracting different types of information, finally putting the information to an organized table, and even downloading all the related data files! Thank you again Yi for teaching us beautiful automatization.
Information and files used for the workshop can be found in Yi’s github site.