“It was fun!” said scout Hayven. “I definitely want a profession in science. Anything in science. Maybe nuclear medicine like my dad.” 

Fellow scout Leah agreed: “It was really fun, and I want to do this again. I’m planning to go to Stanford, but I like ASU now, too. I want to be a doctor, maybe a neurosurgeon.”

DeGraffenreid, who holds a doctorate in physics from ASU, has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. His daughter Grace is active in scouting and for the last four years he has volunteered with the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council, offering sessions to engage girls in STEM activities.  

"The girls love science so much," he noted. "But the sad truth is that around this age, they start subtly being discouraged from becoming scientists. It is so energizing to be able to renew their love of science."

“We’re thrilled when K-12 students have the chance to spend time in our great Poytechnic campus facilities and experience the hands-on learning that is prevalent here,” noted Duane Roen, vice provost of the Polytechnic campus and dean of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts and University College. “Faculty across colleges are eager to create customized tours and learning experiences for youth.” 

To learn more about creating customized visits for K-12 students at ASU's Polytechnic campus, contact Gerald West, recruitment coordinator in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.