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Workshop Descriptions

All 2015 Workshops
workshops offered


Channel your Inner Zaha (Architecture 2 hour workshop) (ARC) - Zaha Hadid is an Iraqi born architect. She studied mathematics before becoming an architect, and her designs are strongly based in geometry patterns. Zaha takes traditional architectural elements like floors, walls, and roofs and reassembles them as what she calls "a new fluid, kind of spatiality" of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry, designed to embody the chaotic fluidity of modern life. Students will use Google Sketch Up design software to explore the geometry of architectural design as they create their own spaces and buildings.

Build Your Own Telescope, Spot Craters on the Moon! (BYT) - Participants will get to learn about telescopes, and will also have the opportunity to build a working refracting telescope that would 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!

Creating a Place of Experiences (CPE) - Using a park setting overlooking the Hudson River, each student will design her own space or spaces for relaxing, walking or playing games. This space will be something special and abstract, that anyone visiting the park could use. Each student will create a rough model of their special "place" using balsa wood blocks. Each participant will then be able to take home her model.

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.).

How Divine! (FLD) - Learn about one of the most beautiful numbers found everywhere in nature. Not only is it found in nature, it is found in YOU! Come find out how divine you are!

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.

I Select you, Naturally! (FOS) - How do new species arise? Why are there so many different types of birds, insects, and mammals? In this workshop, students will explore the Theory of Evolution through activities that show how the process of Natural Selection leads to the generation of new species.

Fun With Chemistry (FWC) - Invisible Inks, chemical substances capable of appearing/disappearing acts, have been used in a variety of ways. Examples include: practicing steganography (writing hidden messages), conducting espionage (spying), distinguishing legitimate from counterfeit money, marking belongings to assist in recovery after theft, and stamping concert goers hands for re-admittance. In this workshop, you`ll explore the handling, use, and development of substances that can be used as invisible inks -- some of which you can find in your own home!

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.

Geometry, Tessellations, and the art of M.C. Escher (GTE) - M.C. Escher is an artist who used the special properties of simple geometric shapes to create amazing interlocking patterns that look like fish, birds, lizards, soldiers, and even horses! He used the mathematical methods of line translation, rotation, and reflection to make sure each shape would fit together perfectly. In this exciting workshop, we will look at M.C. Escher`s incredible art and then create our own tessellating shapes using paper cutting, tracing, and online computer software!

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.

You Can Learn to Code (LTC) - The workshop will introduce the concept of computer programming. It will start with the idea that computers have to be told everything that needs to be done. Then it will introduce the concept of flowcharting, a pictorial way of portraying the steps. Next, the students will code a simple C program.

Solving Puzzles with Graph Theory (MTH) - Get an introduction to the exciting branch of mathematics called graph theory. These are NOT the typical graphs you are used to seeing in school. Graph theory can be used for many things, including programming computers, planning highways, and designing electrical circuits.

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

Ready to Rocket (RTR) - Students will explore the concepts used to build rockets and apply what they have learned to build their own rocket. No explosives will be used and this workshop is not for someone who already has previously built rockets.

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.

Speaker: Kim Hoover (SPK) - Kimberly Hoover, AIA grew up in the Hudson Valley where she graduated from Dutchess Community College with an A.A.S. in Architectural Technology. She then transferred to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received both a B.S. in Building Science as well as a Bachelor of Architecture. Ms. Hoover has over 25 years experience in the field of architecture. Throughout her extensive career, she has worked for both local and international architecture and engineering firms of varying sizes but has always remained in the Hudson Valley. The type of projects she has worked on range from Dutchess Stadium to Dutchess County Courts to Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Ms. Hoover received her license to practice architecture in 1997 and for the last eight years has been principal of her own firm, Hoover Architecture, PLLC based in New Paltz. Hoover Architecture is a full service firm, providing comprehensive professional services such as design, planning and interior design on a large variety of projects, including single family residential, commercial, municipal and healthcare throughout the Hudson Valley. She lives in Gardiner with her husband and daughter as well as their golden retriever and tabby, who love to cuddle with each other.

Understanding Sound (USD) - Everybody walks around today listening to sounds on their personal players but what really is sound? This workshop will break down the components of sound and explore the way we perceive each. A high tech computer workstation will be used, with a screen projector, so that various components of sound can be seen in order to better understand them.