Workshops for Tech Savvy – cancelled

CSI Athens – A crime has occurred! A body has been found! Detectives have identified four persons of interest!  Do you have what it takes to catch a killer? Come to the CSI Athens workshop and process a mock crime scene. Learn to properly document and photograph a crime scene.  Compare dental stone casts made from shoe impressions from the scene, and bloody shoeprints, to shoes collected from the suspects. Learn how to develop and lift latent prints from objects and determine if they match the fingerprints of the suspects. A note was also found at the crime scene. Determine which pen was used to write the note using thin layer chromatography. Can you figure out which suspect committed the crime? If you are interested in a career in forensic science, come and learn about the roles that different forensic specialists play in solving crimes. (max 14 students)

Decoding DNA –Scientists are detectives, looking for clues about how life works.  DNA is called the blueprint of life, but why? Much of who you are is actually coded in your DNA. Find out how this works and how to use a DNA decoder to ‘read’ DNA. (12 students)

DNA Detective

Lasers and Light – Want to learn about lasers and how they work?  This workshop will teach you about the basics of lasers and optical and light phenomena.  You will use the laser with a board game for a team activity.  Finally, you will learn how chemists perform chemical analyses using a simple custom-built spectrophotometer.  (max 12 students)

Measuring Your Mind – We all know the brain is the organ that controls our thoughts, memories, and feelings, but have you ever wondered how scientists measure what the brain does? This workshop will show you various methods that scientists use to quantify the brain’s activity, from electrical communication and blood flow to the brain to assessing actual behavior with tests of reaction time, attention, memory, etc. We will also have real human brains for you to examine! If you are interested in a career in the neurosciences, come and learn about the human brain!  (max 12 students).

Math Murder Mystery – Solve the mystery! Break the code! Find the killer! (max 15 students)

Physics Escape Room (max 10 students) – The Women in Physics and Astronomy need your help!  They’ve received word that an important discovery has been made by the Mars Curiosity rover and need your help uncovering it, but the data will be lost if they cannot establish contact in time.  Use your observation and investigation skills to solve puzzles and find clues that will help you reconnect with the rover and share this discovery.

Plants in Space – Gravity is a constant here on Earth. But what if gravity didn’t exist? What if gravity was greater than it is here on Earth? Could we live? How might life be different? What would life be like on Mars? On the International Space Station? Come and explore how scientists simulate the effects of gravity in space or on other planets and how scientists can do experiments in space. (max 10 students)

Scratch and Code – Computer programming is learning how to think logically – the computer will only do what you tell it to! During this workshop, you will learn the basics of computer programming using a free program called Scratch. You will learn how to construct a logical sequence of events, to create short animations with music and sounds. (max 15 students)

Solar Energy to Food  – Do you know where our food energy ultimately comes from?  The sun.  How is solar energy converted to food energy such as that stored in grains?  This workshop will you to understand how chloroplasts, tiny solar engines in plant cells convert solar energy to chemical energy. You will use a microscope to observe the location and morphology of chloroplasts in plant cells; use a set of prisms to separate a beam of white light; compare the complexity of DNA molecules from different genomes; and perform scientific data analysis on the diversity of grains. (max 14  students)


Water Quality Specialist in Training  – Participants will answer the big questions that water quality specialists have to tackle everyday. How do we take water samples?  How do we test the quality of the water? What insects are living in the water? The group will visit a nearby pond to take water samples and analyze them in the field. Participants will collect aquatic insects and discover why insects are great indicators of water quality. (max 8 students)

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