EYH 2015 Workshop List
Race to Build NASA's Fermi Satellite! Play a card game and learn how scientists built the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Be the first to finish your satellite and observe black holes, exploding stars and other extreme cosmic gamma-ray sources. You will get to keep the game and receive other free NASA materials.
What You Need to Know to Fly: Meet women that have chosen to take to the skies as a hobby or career. Learn the science that enables flight. Follow the computations needed to plan a safe flight using navigation aids. How high should you fly? How long will it take? What does an airport look like from 2000 feet? Let's go flying!
Biology (3 workshops)
- Mending a Broken Heart: Find out about what keeps a heart healthy and about new medical device technologies for treating vascular disease. Perform a simulated operation just like a doctor treating a patient, and meet with the engineers who design these devices today.
- Let's Get to the Heart of the Matter! Take a look at a human heart, see how it works, figure out how many times yours will beat in your lifetime, be a scientist and perform "heart" experiments on yourself, and find out what makes hearts healthy versus unhealthy.
- Squid Dissection: Delve into marine biology by learning about the diversity of invertebrates. You'll learn about unique animal adaptations and participate in a squid dissection.
Chemistry (3 workshops)
- Making Bouncy Balls: Have you wondered how to make a bouncy ball or silly putty? Learn about polymers, colors, and chemical reactions. You will get a chance to do some of your own chemistry by creating a colorful bouncy ball.
- Science of Light and Color: You will have fun exploring different properties of light by studying diffraction gratings, magnetic pigment exemplars, a colorshifting guitar, and be able to make your own hologram image.
- Chemists Have Solutions: Learn the principles of chromatography, a set of laboratory techniques used to separate mixtures. Students will get to separate their own dyes in magic markers into separate pigments.
Computer Science (2 workshops)
- Developing Animations Through Code: Learn to create simple animations using computer software and core computer programming principles.
- Build Your Own Robot: Learn to build, program, and test a small Lego Mindstorms Robot. Program a computer based Lego Robot using Mindstorms technology and simple computer directions.
Earth Science (2 workshops)
- AirCasting: Learn about air quality, both in your neighborhood and around the world. Take your own air quality measurements, analyze your data, and find out what steps you can take to improve your air and your health.
- Got Mud? Sediment from the bottom of lakes holds a treasure of information about past environmental and climate conditions. We will explore how we collect sediment cores in the field. We will examine the types of fossils that are hidden in mud, such as pollen and seeds, and what they can tell us about the past. Workshop participants will get to describe soil samples and view fossil material through microscopes.
Engineering (2 workshops)
- What Will You Drive? Learn about automobiles and how their engines work. We will analyze different transportation fuels and discover what fuels cars like best. Students will learn and demonstrate conversion of electrical energy to mechanical energy. Each team will build an electric motor, and afterwards design a car.
- Explore Careers in Electrical Engineering: Explore careers in electrical engineering and discuss basic electrical concepts. You will get to put an electrical circuit together.
Disinfecting Microorganisms in Our Drinking Water: If harmful microorganisms are allowed to thrive in our drinking water, consumers may become seriously ill. To protect the public from water-borne diseases, our communities treat drinking water to inactivate these organisms and keep us healthy. In this workshop, we will discuss and experiment with disinfection, one of the steps in the water treatment process.
Grow Your Money With Mathematics: Learn the ABCs of saving, budgeting, and credit and experience first-hand why knowing simple mathematics can help you grow your money.
Structural Engineering (2 workshops)
- Let's Build a Paper Dome: Come join us to build your own gigantic dome with just newspaper and tape. This activity shows how you can make building materials stronger without making them bigger or heavier. What you'll learn can also apply to buildings, bridges, airplanes and towers.
- How Tall Can You Build a Tower? Come build a tower. Learn about structural engineering by selecting materials, planning, and building. We will compare designs with the class as well as towers built of the same materials by other structural engineers.
Pet Nutrition: Myths & Mysteries: What happens if a cat eats dog food? Do animals get diabetes or heart disease? Goats eat grass, right? Do hamsters need more than pellets? Learn how the foods you feed your pets affect their health and life expectancy.