This December the University of Utah chapter of Women in Mining gathered together to celebrate the holiday season with a mineral themed activity. With all in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences invited, WIM hosted its second annual borax ornament making party. The event brought men and women studying Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, Mining Engineering and Paleontology together.
The activity was to create a holiday ornament by shaping pipe cleaners, mixing hot water and borax, and submerging the shape into the solution. The ornaments were left for a few days to allow borax crystals to form on the pipe cleaners, creating a keepsake with an icy appearance. Participants made shapes ranging from more traditional things like stars and Christmas trees, to geology themed thing like ammonites. There was even an attempt made at shaping a dragon!
The event gathered students to talk, create and celebrate amidst festive music, snacks and hot chocolate, and was a successful WIM activity for the second year in a row.