On Monday, Ms Trump travelled to the state of Iowa to tour labs and meet students at the Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience's (APEX) Innovation and Learning Center, reports The Gazette. The trip was to promote President Trump's infrastructure proposal, reports Business Insider.
As Ms Trump toured the facility, she stopped to take part in a series of experiments that the students there were conducting.
The experiments ranged from helping to write code, to programming a wind tunnel, to an examination of a zebrafish embryo.
During one of the experiments, Ms Trump tested the nicotine content of "vape juice" used in electronic cigarettes while wearing a pristine white lab coat, latex gloves and safety goggles.
"I can't promise that I'll get this right, but at least we'll look the part, right?" Business Insider reports Ms Trump as saying.
Talking #WorkforceDevelopment and Infrastructure in Iowa today! @realDonaldTrump's #Infrastructure initiative includes a robust plan to expand skills-focused learning to prepare the next generation of American workers for 21st century job opportunities. pic.twitter.com/10md8d5tnz— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 19, 2018
Incredible visit to Waukee APEX, a center where high paying jobs are seamlessly linked with motivated and highly skilled students. Through hands-on learning and #WorkforceDevelopment the careers of tomorrow are being created today! pic.twitter.com/QbLfdr6jkc— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 19, 2018
But netizens mocked Ms Trump for the staged photo op.
"Having your hair down is a lab safety violation," pointed out one person on Instagram. "1) Turtlenecks are a lab safety violation. 2) So is not tying back long hair. 3) So is pouring into a container that you're directly holding. 4) Nobody uses volumetric flasks like that," listed another.
Hey @IvankaTrump it's great that you like to cosplay as a scientist on Instagram but some of us are an #ActualLivingScientist. Tell us about what you're doing in this picture. I'm making a battery. #ILookLikeAnEngineerpic.twitter.com/fW5CFxLYAF— Holly aka Leia (@absolutspacegrl) March 20, 2018
And of course the picture was turned into a meme almost instantly.
I imagine that as she did this she softly whispered to herself, "Science." pic.twitter.com/h501KJ1erh— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 20, 2018
Me: What are you gonna dress up as for Halloween, Ivanka?— MauricioGmezMontoya (@MauroGM3) March 20, 2018
Ivanka: A scientist! pic.twitter.com/J4zlXUaOK0
But some people were quick to point out the possible sexist nature of the memes:
Let's see: When John Kerry dressed up like a scientist, it was framed as Democrats loving science. When Ivanka Trump does it, she is dismissed with sexist "cosplay" terminology. pic.twitter.com/bqFV8WvV9h— Hank Campbell (@HankCampbell) March 20, 2018
Y'all leave Ivanka alone. She knew she wasn't a scientist when she did that photoshoot, the same way I know I'm not actually Steve Young when I put his jersey on. C'mon people!— Patrick Gray (@PatrickLGray) March 20, 2018
Ms Trump has previously stated her support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education in schools, particularly for young women. Click for more trending news