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Workshop Descriptions

All 2017 Workshops
workshops offered


Geometry in Architectural Design (Architecture 2 hour workshop) (ARC) - This workshop will focus on women architects and their designs. Geometry will be examined in terms of how it informs and influences architectural form. Students will utilize architectural computer software to design and print out a building concept.

Building Bridges (BDB) - Have you ever wondered why certain bridges are made one way and not another? Have you ever looked at bridges when you were on a car trip and wondered if you could build something like that someday? Many civil engineers say their favorite toys growing up allowed them to build bridges and buildings. If this sounds like you, come and see the physics behind some basic bridge designs.

Build Your Own Telescope, Spot Craters on the Moon! (BYT) - Participants will get to learn about telescopes, and have the opportunity to build a working refracting telescope that will be theirs to keep! Your creation should be good enough to spot craters on the Moon, and possibly many other celestial objects of interest. If you are curious about the night sky, this workshop is for you!

Fire, It`s More than Just Hot (FIR) - Fire is a phenomenon that has been around forever and that we use on a regular basis. But what exactly is "fire?" What really happens when something catches fire? Why do some things burn vigorously while others are very reluctant to burn at all? Fire is fire, right? Not really. In this lively session we will dive into the science of fire, discuss and show why different materials burn differently and the by-products of fire (toxic gasses, heat, light, etc.).

Fold Me! (FLD) - Use origami, the art of paper folding, to do some mathematics while making some really cool creations!

Whodunit? A Forensic Investigation (FOR) - Forensic investigation has been around for years. With the many CSI shows on TV, the general public is now very familiar with this branch of science. In this workshop, you will act as a criminalistics technician, analyzing evidence collected at the scene of a hypothetical crime. By using the real-life forensic techniques of fiber analysis and chromatography, you will determine the probability of guilt of several suspects.

The New Dinosaurs (FOS) - Our understanding of Dinosaurs has changed a great deal since their fossils were first discovered. In this workshop, students will investigate the nature of Dinosaurs by making observations about several exhibits. These observations will then be used to draw conclusions which will provide a new view of Dinosaurs!

Fun With Chemistry (FWC) - Watch things pop! Watch things change color! Step into the world of chemistry and have some fun with hands-on activities!

Why does Money Exist? (GAM) - Students will participate as children of colonial farmers in a simulation of a market. They will first barter, exchanging the goods they "produced" for other goods. Then, in a second round, they will trade again, using money instead.

Curve Stiching - Sewing Mathematical Patterns (GTE) - Ever wonder how math equations can be used to create works of art? In this workshop, you will discover how a series of straight lines can add up to become a Bezier curve, which is revealed through the construction of beautiful and complex geometric designs. These same mathematical equations are used to create everything from woven string art to the vector graphics used in Pixar films like Brave and Toy Story. In an in depth, hands-on activity, we will build our own original "curve stiching" compositions using needle and thread, and take a look at how these same concepts can also be applied in the digital world using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator to create an endless variety of visual imagery!

Groundwater Detectives (GWD) - A local business has a groundwater mystery on its hands. Their underground fuel storage tank is leaking. The spilled fuel might contaminate their water well and the surrounding area if they don`t act quickly to get it cleaned up. But where did the fuel go? They hire your environmental investigation team to test water samples and to map the extent of the leak. You will follow clues to detect where the fuel has moved underground. We need your help to solve this groundwater mystery and protect this vital natural resource.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter (HOM) - You are in a forensic lab and have a heart that has stopped beating. Explore the heart as you look for the cause of death. You will be looking at real animal hearts.

History of Math (MTH) - What other number systems have humans used? What is Pi, and how have people approximated it over time? How did people calculate before we had calculators? In this workshop participants will explore these questions with hands-on activities including using a slide rule, approximating Pi, and trying alternate number systems.

Nanotechnology: Tiny Tech With Big Impact! (NAN) - Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, dimensions between 1 and 100 nanometers. This scale is incredibly small -- a human hair is approximately 80,000 to 100,000 nanometers wide! At the nanoscale, matter such as gases, liquids, and solids can exhibit interesting, unusual, and unexpected physical, chemical, and biological properties. Come and learn about these "nano properties" through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and experiments.

Phooling with Physics (PWP) - See physics in action as we catch lightning in a bottle, grow giant marshmallows and do things your parents would not approve of with a microwave oven.

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Soldering Circuits (SNS) - Participants will build a circuit using soldering. The activity includes soldering methods and learning about how electronic circuits work. Each participant will take home their completed circuit.

In Search of Fossils (SOF) - Learn about plants and animals that lived 35 million years ago in the land we now call Florida. Sift through sediment to find fossilized clues to past life. Identify the fossils you find to start or add to your fossil collection.

Solar Cars (2 hour workshop) (SOL) - Learn from an industry professional about the science behind how solar power works and how solar power can be applied. Mark Courtney is head of the Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Technologies Dept. at Dutchess Community College and is an experienced solar energy engineer. In this workshop we will learn about how solar panels are manufactured and how they create electricity. Then we will build model cars that are powered completely by sunlight. We will also experiment with various model configurations to try to find the best solar car design.

The Magic Cube (TMC) - The Magic Cube - both genius and confusion. Is it a tool of torture and frustration, an expert's engineering invention or merely a toy that has captured the attention of millions since the 1970's? Learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube, basic 3 by 3, by using algorithms. What is an algorithm? Well, find out and learn how to apply this handy-dandy method to a variety of "Magic Cubes" to create different patterns.