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Workshop Session Descriptions

All 2019 Workshops
workshops offered


Adventures in Biotechnology! (ABT) - In this workshop, students will learn to use equipment used by scientists in Microbiology and Genetics! This will include the technique of DNA extraction, use of the pipette, and gel electrophoresis. Participants will leave with a sample of their own extracted DNA!

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.

Can Your Bridge Withstand the Forces of Nature? (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 road trip and wondered if you could build something like that someday? Spoiler Alert: YOU CAN! If you'd like to see the physics behind some basic bridge designs, build some of your own, and see what it takes to collapse a few bridges, come and see the physics behind bridges!

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!

Cloud Creation (CCC) - Students will learn how clouds form in nature by creating a cloud in the laboratory. Students will describe and classify different types of clouds and how to use different clouds to predict weather.

Cryptography (CRP) - In this workshop, students will learn the mathematics behind encrypting and decrypting messages. This will including looking at different types of ciphers. Students will leave the workshop with a cipher disk used to create secret messages.

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) - This workshop will give students an overview of the steps and processes required to document and analyze a crime scene. Finger print evidence and trace evidence collection and analysis will be covered along with crime scene sketching.

Fire! It's More Than Just Hot! (FIR) - Fire! It's More Than Just Hot! 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'll 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.).

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.

Fun With Chemistry (FWC) - Come see how chemistry is a part of our every day lives. Let?s mix up things, watch things pop, and watch things change color! Step into the world of chemistry and have some fun with hands-on activities

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 if they don`t act quickly. But where did the fuel go? They hire your environmental investigation team to test water samples and 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!

How Divine! (HDV) - 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!

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.

Geometry, Tessellations, and the Art of M.C. Escher (MCE) - 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 use iPads to create and print our own tessellating designs!

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.

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Springing into Action! (SIA) - Catapults were developed over 2,000 years ago to launch objects great distances! In this workshop, students will get to explore how kinetic energy, potential energy, and Hooke's Law tie together in the construction of a basic catapult. Then students will have the opportunity to construct their version of a basic catapult to test for strength and accuracy!

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 the Engineering Program Chair at Dutchess Community College and 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.

Why does Money Exist? (WME) - 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.