Math and Science Matters, Especially for Young Women Registration

Workshop Descriptions

All 2016 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.

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.

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) - 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.

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.

An Hour of Code™ (LTC) - Did you ever wonder: "How does my computer do that?" In this workshop you will learn about some of the fundamental building blocks of programming while working "hands on" with some fun coding challenges. No experience required!

History of Math (MTH) - What other number systems have humans used? How did the numbers 0, Pi, and square root of 2 change the way people think about numbers? 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, investigating the existence of irrational numbers, and using the base-60 number system which was used in Mesopotamia.

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.

Doro Arigato Mr. Roboto (ROB) - Learn how to program robots to do what you want. Customize a robot with us and make it accomplish a secret task you are given! You'll work with sensors and learn how to make algorithms with your Mr. Roboto.

Solving Puzzles with Graph Theory (SGT) - 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.

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: Karen Trovato (SPK) - Karen Trovato, Ph.D. Inventor, Product Developer, Entrepreneur. Karen`s career at Philips Research began with a focus on path planning, which she used for robotics, a self-driving car and the first driving directions website. She later invented medical devices to reach into the body, including an electronic pill and a new device to treat lung disease without surgery. Most recently, she has been analyzing medical data to improve patient outcomes. "My greatest joy is seeing inventions become reality as products." Karen is a prolific inventor with 35 issued U.S. patents. She was NYIPLA 2005 Inventor of the Year, and is a U.S. Patent Agent. Dr. Trovato holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam, M.S. in Computer Science from NYU, B.S. in Math/Computer Science from SUNY Stony Brook and A.A. in Math from Dutchess Community College. She has published over three dozen papers and contributed chapters to four books.

Smart Sites for Girls (SSG) - A tour of, a safe place to learn and play! We'll highlight some of the activities and interactive resources within this huge collection. The workshop will be hands-on and attendees will have computers to work on. Particular attention will be paid to math and science resources but with a large number of fun things to do, who knows what we'll find along the way!

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.