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2015 Workshops

  • Biotechnology in Plant Health and Disease
    Dr Aardra Kachroo, UK
    Learn to extract plant DNA and the types of analyses that can be done with these. Learn about plant diseases and their causative agents. Observe diseased samples and the infecting microbes.
  • Why, How and What Do We Recycle
    Deb Larkin, Green Source
    Using the Landfill Enviroscape for a hands-on experience, girls learn where our garbage goes and about the very costly and sophisticated methods now used in disposing of our waste. Developing this concept leads to a discussion of why, how and what we recycle in Kentucky, and how our mindset can change so that we respect our environment and create less waste by designing new products that will never enter the landfill-bound waste stream. Ideas for Recycled Art Projects will be provided.
  • Monarch Madness
    Christina Cullins, Bluegrass SWE
    Learn about how hobbies and interests can be related to engineering. Using the Monarch butterfly, girls will learn about many aspects of engineering – mechanical, chemical, aeronautical and biosystems. Girl will learn how butterfly wings are shaped and angled to create lift so they can fly long distances. Girls will learn about the butterfly lifecycle and create colorful paper butterflies to take home.
  • Power from Electricity
    Joseph Straley and Kwok-wai Ng, UK Physics
    Girls will enjoy hands-on activities that will teach them about different electrical devices. Girls will measure the electrical current and power when the device is connected to a light bulb, two light bulbs in a series, LED, a motor, an electromagnet and a buzzer, and compare the electrical power used by household devices.
  • Future Cities
    Dr Bruce Walcott, UK
    Girls will work in teams to design and build a scale model of a future city located somewhere on Earth or outer space. Girls work with Dr. Walcott to a build a tabletop city model with recycled materials and present their ideas at the end of the workshop. Girls will primarily be following the official Future City Rules posted here
  • Here Comes a Flood
    Dr. Rebecca Freeman and Bethany Overfield, UK Geology and KY Geological Survey
    A stream table is like a sand box with water that geologists use to model how rivers change though time. Plan your riverside community, then watch it wash away if you didn’t plan wisely!
  • Alice in Programming Land
    Debby Keen and Paul Piwowarski, UK
    The workshop will introduce girls to computer programming using the ALICE programming language. Alice is a language developed at Carnegie-Mellon under an NSF grant to encourage programming in middle/high schools, especially with girls. This is a very visual language. Girls will work in pairs on the computers.
  • Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
    Alyssa Jarrell, UK
    This workshop will be a quick overview of the proper nutrition needed to encourage elevated brain functioning and physical development. Girls will have fun with physical activity and exercise routines and will do hands on activities to learn to measure body composition and other clinical assessment techniques.
  • Cosmetic Chemistry
    Dr Nancy Miller and Dr Mathew Beck, UK
    Did you know that cosmetics companies employ teams of specialized chemists to develop and test each new line of makeup, perfume, lotion, or soap? This workshop lets you be the cosmetics chemist. You will learn which liquids to use in a solution to make your own lip gloss to take home.
  • Biology’s Scissors
    Dr. Christina Payne and Dr. Christine Trinkle, UK
    We all need food to grow and thrive, but how does this food become our fuel? Enzymes perform a chemical reaction acting like scissors to break down food into sugar. Our bodies produce a unique set of enzymes to perform this digestive task. Girls will learn about how enzymes such as amylase and lactase help us digest food. We will do experiments to understand how amylase breaks down starch in bread, how enzymes can help people who are lactose intolerant digest milk, and how the structure of proteins makes this all possible!
  • The Nose Knows
    Anne-Frances Miller, UK – Chemistry and Magnetic Resonance Centre
    A chemist's job is to cause chemical bonds to break and others to form, so that new molecules to form. When a carboxylic acid reacts with an alcohol, the products are an ester and water. Organic esters are responsible for the pleasant aroma of many fruits and perfumes. Girls will generate esters from different combinations of alcohols and acids. Girls will then activate olfactory receptors (their noses!) to detect the different fragrances that they will be creating.
  • Fermentation Creation
    Miranda Woodall, Alltech
    This workshop gives girls the chance to explore biotechnology with yeast and fermentation. Girls will have the chance to develop their own experiments and analyze their results. We will be learning about one of the oldest biotechnological processes known to man and get a chance to view live yeast cells under the microscope.
    Dominique Rowe, National Society of Black Engineers, Central KY Chapter
    Food Engineers use science and engineering principles to develop the best methods to create and process food. Not only do food engineers help make our food safe, they also work to make it taste great! Girls will learn about the chemical and physical properties involved in making the best "frozen" treat of all - Ice Cream!
  • Frog Watch
    Mira Gentry and Mellisa Blankenship, Kentucky Science Center
    Join the PBS series SciGirls and the Kentucky Science Center for a hands-on, minds-on introduction to the engineering process. We will be highlighting Citizen Science project, Frog Watch. Participants will learn about the impact of environmental science research of frogs and toads calling as they create a Wetland band. This sessions is designed to present community based strategies for engaging girls in STEM.
  • Introduction to Computing
    Himanshu Thapliyal, UK - Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Do you want to know what’s inside a computer, how it is assembled and how it all works together? Girls will learn what factors make some computers/portable mobile devices better than others through a series of practical tasks girls perform on a mobile device.
  • Sunlight Bead Necklace
    Lindsey Gillaspie, UK SWE
    Girls will make a necklace to take home out of solar beads. Girls learn about the ultraviolet light spectrum and how it is used in engineering applications.
  • Reach for the Sky: Skyscraper Design Studio
    Michelle Meehan, Stantec
    In this workshop girls will learn how civil engineers design skyscrapers to withstand different loadings (e.g. static, wind, snow, earthquake, etc.). Then they will work in teams to design, build and test their own tall structures.
  • Rockin’ Paper Plate Loud Speakers
    Nick Aerni, UK Department of Electrical Engineering
    In this workshop, teams of girls will make a loud speaker from household items including paper plates, thin wire, and a magnet. In just 30 minutes, girls will learn the fundamentals of how speakers work and build a speaker that they can plug directly into their cell phone to play their favorite music.
  • Snap Circuits
    Janet Lumpp, UK Department of Electrical Engineering
    Girls enjoy working with an electrical activity to turn on lights, sounds and flying saucers. Snap Circuits make it all possible.
  • Lego Robotic Workshop
    Lisa Hensinger, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass
    How do workers transport munitions through the destruction process at the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant when the machines are located inside sealed buildings? With robots, of course!

    Inside the Munitions Demilitarization Building, a series of automated equipment and robots will process the M55 rockets. Engineers and scientists work together to ensure all workers and the community stay safe. This presentation demonstrates the use of robots in the chemical weapons demilitarization process. Participants will work as a team to operate robots in a munition processing simulation.

Past Workshops

Here is an example of some workshops from our past year as an example of what you may experience.

Exploring the Brain
Examine fundamental aspects of neuropsychology, such as brain, anatomy, learning & memory tasks. Trick your senses, test your brain power and examine human brain tissue.

Physics Petting Zoo
Girls enjoy hands-on on physics experiments such as a water droplet fountain that goes backwards, slimy soap film and much more.

Lego Mindstorm Robotic Workshop
Girls will be building lego mindstorm robots and testing them on an obstacle course.

Center  A Walk Through the Heart
See real human hearts and have the opportunity to "walk through" a floor canvas of the circulatory system.

Alice in Programming Land
Introduce girls to computer programming language.

Mechanical Assessment of Suture Strength
Introduce girls to mechanical testing and give them a chance to conduct a hands-on test determining the strength of suture & the effects of knotting the suture.

Is Pharmacy In Your Future?
See what its like to be a pharmacist!  Learn more about how important Pharmacists are to your health through lots of hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Build a Spectroscope
Light is not all the same. With a spectroscope you can see the difference between sunlight and say, a streetlight.

Nursing-Oh, the Things You Do…
Join us at the College of Nursing to learn what nurses do. Hands-on activities with the simulators, come see what's new, and have fun in the lab too!

Shrinky Dinks Make You Think
Meet Chemical engineers and work with them to design an experiment to answer the age old question:  How do shrinky dinks shrink?

Bridge Building
Girls will explore the engineering of solid and strong bridge building.  Teamwork will be put to the test again.

Light up your Style!
Girls will find out what makes an LED glow and make a light-up necklace of their very own!

The Quest Tower
The workshop is kind of like Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.”  Girls will use their skills within the team to solve a complex problem.  Remember, the team that solves the problem will be the Apprentice team of the day!

Circuit Building
Girls will learn what an electrical circuit is.  They will solder and build a working circuit.

Fossils, Earth History and Geologic Time
Girls will have the opportunity to arrange real fossil specimens, replicas of dinosaurs and other extinct animals, rocks and minerals and names of various geological events on a long 90 foot geologic time line.  Lots of hand outs about the geologic time periods.

Build a Computer
Girls will build a one bit adder that illustrates fundamentals of binary arithmetic and digital logic.

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