2019 Workshops

These workshops were offered last year. Some of them will be repeated in 2020 but we do not have our final schedule yet. If you attend TechSavvy, you choose 4 workshops. We cannot guarantee that you will get all of your top choices but we do our best! Workshops fill fast and we keep them small to give you a better experience. For more information about the event, click here.

Build your own detector of particles and cosmic rays – During this workshop you will build a ‘home-made’ detector that will help you ‘see’ particles created when cosmic rays go through the Earth’s atmosphere. Many of these particles are created in the sun’s interior or during supernovae explosions. The traces left by these particles inside the detector give clues that you will use to distinguish and identify them.

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. Determine which pen was used to write a note found at the crime scene. 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.

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.

DNA Detective – DNA is called the blueprint of life, it is like a recipe book, containing the instructions that make our bodies grow and function. Every living thing has its own recipe book and unique set of ingredients known as genes. Join us to be a DNA detective, find DNA sequences and see how different ingredients change the recipe!

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.

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!

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.

Solar Energy to Seeds – More than 70% of your daily caloric intake is from seeds.  The chemical energy stored in seeds is derived from sunlight.  Chloroplasts are little cellular compartments in plants that convert solar energy to chemical energy.  What are the chloroplasts?  Where and how many are there?  Why isn’t the chemical energy from chloroplasts stored in the same type of seeds?  In this workshop, you will explore the function of chloroplasts, dig the composition of DNA molecules, and appreciate the diversity of life, such as seeds.  You will first use a microscope to observe the location and morphology of chloroplasts in a plant cell.  You will then read and compare the complexity of DNA molecules from different photosynthetic organisms.  Finally, you will use statistics to analyze the diversity of seeds mixed in a bowl.

Water Quality Specialist in Training – Participants will answer the big questions that water quality specialists have to tackle every day.  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.


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