GEMS – Girls in Engineering, Math and Science - November 16, 2013
|Lego Mindstorm Robotic Workshop
||Girls build Lego Mindstorm Robots and test them on an obstacle course.
Bruce Walcott/College of Engineering
|Juggling Algae Balls
||As the world population grows, the demand for food and fuel increases as well. We are all used to plants as something yummy to eat, but can we really count on plants to help us drive to the grocery?
Czar Crofcheck/College of Engineering
|Physics Petting Zoo
||Fun hands-on activities teach you about physics. Lots of gadgets let girls learn about motion, energy, electricity, light, magnetism, and how pigs can float in the air.
Ksok-wai Ng/Chemistry & Physics
|Alice in Programming Land
||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.
Debby Keen, Paul Piwowarski/College of Engineering
|Colors of Light – Make Your Own Spectroscope
||A spectroscope splits light into its rainbow of colors. In astronomy, a star can be viewed and a spectral "rainbow" will be produced. Much of what we know of the universe is derived from analyzing the spectral light from stars and galaxies. Participants will make their own spectroscope. Then we make will be used to look at streetlights and light bulbs to see the spectral lines and patterns those create.
Anne Frances Miller/Chemistry
|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?
Nancy Miller/College of Engineering
||Girls enjoy working with an electrical activity to turn on lights, sounds and flying saucers. Snap Circuits make it all possible.
Janet Lumpp/College of Engineering
|Warming Up to Worms
||How does the lowly worm help us with recycling? Learn how to make a work bin. Girls will be handling the worms, measuring them, observing their behavior, describing their anatomy, and acknowledging the wonderful decomposition service they provide us in nature and in our compost bins.
20 Participants – JR, CD - Kara Sayles
|Super Shape-Memory Materials!
||Participants will learn about amazing Shape Memory Materials that can be bent and moved into new shapes but amazingly return to their original shape when heated. Girls will have the opportunity to build balsa-wood airplane launchers using Shape Memory wire and see who can launch their airplane the furthest!
Christine Trinkle/College of Engineering
|So you want to be a Scientist
||This workshop will give an overview of various STEM careers and fields. Girls will experiment with hands-on activities from featured fields such as zoology, forensic and others. Girls will get to use tools related to each of these fields to get an insight into these paths. Each session will conclude with a discussion on their future in engineering, math and science.
Mellisa Blankenship/Kentucky Science Center
|Gadgets and Gizmos with Bricks 4 Kidz®
||Have you ever tried to figure out how optical illusions work? Attend this workshop to learn about an optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope where an image is drawn on each side of a small disc and when it spins, the two images appear to become super-imposed. Then we will spend some time building our own thaumatrope using LEGO® Bricks!
Tracey Morris/Bricks for Kids
|Biotechnology in Plant Health and Disease
||Learn to extract plant DNA and protein, 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.
Dr. Aardra Kachroo/College of Agriculture
|Giant Snowballs in Space
||We've all been hit by snowballs. But what if the snowball was twenty miles across and moving 100,000 miles per hour? Could we duck in time? There is a chance for a bright comet this December. We'll look at the odds this will happen and try to make a small comet in the classroom.
Tim Knauer/Physics and Astronomy
|The Engineering Behind the Chocolate Chip Cookie
||Girls will learn about the invention of the chocolate chip cookie and some of the equipment associated with cooking. The chemistry of the dough and the baking process will be examined as well as discussion about mass production of cookies.
Laura Bowlds/Society of Women Engineers – Laura Bowlds