ENVISION: STEM Career Day for Young Women

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Join us at Penn State's University Park campus for a full day of science enrichment, including student and faculty-led workshop sessions, speakers, conversations with academic advisors, and networking opportunities with professional scientists. Come enjoy the chance to ENVISION yourself in STEM! (Registration opens at 10am on January 9th, 2019)

ENVISION 2019

To see a video of our 2018 event, follow this link: https://youtu.be/N0pDxB7_kmY

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The primary goal of ENVISION: STEM Career Day for Young Women is to help young women see themselves in the STEM fields. The  2019 ENVISION: STEM Career Day for Young Women is open to all female students who are currently in 6th—12th grade.

Throughout this full-day experience, ENVISION attendees will hear inspiring speakers, explore science concepts through hands-on activities in Penn State facilities, learn from Penn State scientists, mathematicians, and technology experts, and participate in informal conversations with academic advisors, students, and professional scientists. If you are a young woman who wants to learn what women in STEM do, what they can accomplish, and how STEM is relevant to your own journey, this is the event for you!

11th and 12th grade girls - Get more rigorous exposure to a themed set of STEM fields by choosing a track from those listed below!

6th - 10th grade girls - Our Penn State STEM experts have developed interactive workshops that will give you a taste of what all of the STEM fields can offer. Check out the options below to sign up for a specific group of workshops.

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the Penn State Science Outreach team at outreach@science.psu.edu or (814) 865-0083.

Program Details

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Check-in: 9:00a.m. - 9:20 a.m. in the ground floor lobby of Life Sciences Building

Check-out: 4:00pm in the ground floor lobby of Life Sciences Building

How and When to Register:

Registration opens at 10am on January 9th, 2019 and will close on January 21st. The link to register will be posted to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/scienceupsu) and this event page. If you would like to join our listserv and receive the registration link via email, please contact us at outreach@science.psu.edu.

Registration Cost:

Registration for the event is now just $20.00 per participant (down from $30), thanks to support from the National Science Foundation! The registration fee covers a t-shirt, drawstring bag, lunch, and all event workshop materials. (Lunch includes a 6” sub or salad, chips, a cookie, and bottled water. The following sub options will be available for selection upon registration: Cold Cut Combo, Ham, Spicy Italian, or Veggie, as well as a salad option).

*Please note that we have a "no refund" policy for cancellations!

Group Selection:

At the time of registration, participants will be asked to choose the group they would like to join for the event (first come, first served).  A participant’s group determines which workshop sessions she will rotate to during the day, so please see the group descriptions on this page and select your top choices before going online to register! If a participant’s first choice group is filled, it will not appear as an option on the registration form; please be ready with alternate group choices. A parent or guardian must register each child. Girls wanting to participate with a friend or as a part of a school or scout group will want to decide which group to select together prior to going online to register. (There is a registration option to choose a Labmate. Labmates must register for the same group in order to be paired together.) Please note that unforeseen changes may cause sessions to change.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis to cover the registration fee if families are in need of support. Families will have the option to request financial aid during registration and the Penn State Science Outreach office will be in contact after we have evaluated each request. If registrants are notified that we are unable to grant them financial aid they will be expected to pay the registration fee at that time.

Required Program Forms:

In compliance with Penn State youth program policies, we will send out a Parent Information Packet via email to all registrants, 1-2 weeks before the event. We will use email addresses provided during registration, so please make sure the email address you enter is correct! This packet will contain general logistical information about ENVISION, as well as all the required forms that must be completed by parents/guardians.

Submission of completed forms may occur as follows:

  • At Check-in. ENVISION check-in will occur from 9:00-9:20 am in the Life Sciences Building ground floor lobby.
  • By mail in advance. Forms must be received by Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  Our mailing address is:

Eberly College of Science - Office of Science Outreach
The Pennsylvania State University
201 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802

  • By fax in advance.  Forms must be received by Thursday, January 24, 2019. Our fax number is: (814)865-0096.
  • NOT by email. For data security reasons we are unable to collect forms via email at this time.

The advance deadlines are to allow our staff sufficient time to process the paperwork and notify you of their receipt before the event. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your program forms by Friday, January 25th, that means they did not arrive in time to be processed, and you will need to bring your forms to ENVISION check-in.  If the forms are not completed and turned in at check-in, your child will not be able to participate in ENVISION.

***2019 Workshop Sessions will be announced soon!***

We're currently recruiting workshop groups for this year. Please check back later for more information about 2019. In the meantime, read about our 2018 Workshop Sessions below to give you an idea of the breadth of topics that may be covered this year.

 

***2018*** Middle School Groups and Sessions (6th - 8th Grades)

Check back soon for 2019 sessions!

 

Group #1 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)

  1. Decoding the Secrets of Stars: The stars have secrets they want to share. Every twinkle of light is a message to us on Earth about that star's story. Join the Physics and Astronomy for Women group as they teach you how to decode the secrets of the stars.
  2. The Wonders of Materials Science and Engineering: Have you ever wondered why your dentist tightens the band on your braces each month? Or how a heart valve works? Or how a space shuttle can withstand thousands of degrees of heat during takeoff? The answer lies within incredible material properties and mechanisms. Come explore materials through several demos and lab tours, and hear from young female scientists about their experiences thus far in academic research and industry.
  3. Mission to Mars!: Join scientists from Penn State's Astronomy & Astrophysics department to experience what it takes to plan a NASA mission by designing your own spacecraft to the Red Planet.


Group #2 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8) 

Who runs the world? Girls! (And more specifically their brains…so we study them!): With a group of brain scientists called "AXONS", students will learn about how we study the brain and why studying neuroscience is important. We will also be debunking some very commonly held myths about the brain.

  1. Marvelous Medicine: Pathways into the Health Professions (Anatomy, Health, Medicine): The ways you can get involved in the medical field are more numerous than you realize!  Come join Penn State Biology graduate students as we use models, specimens, ultrasound machines, and more to explore the human body and the many fascinating options that the medical field has for you!
  2. Fossils and Apes, and Monkeys, Oh My!: Learning about our ancient ancestors through paleoanthropology: What is a paleoanthropologist, and how do they understand how and why humans move, eat, and behave as they do? With help from the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) young women in this workshop will explore the world of paleoanthropology, looking at biological and cultural evidence to understand the early development of modern humans.


Group #3 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)

  1. Wacky Worms: In biology, scientists often have to make use of strange and interesting organisms in order to learn more about their research questions. In this workshop, you will get the chance to experiment with one of these organisms, the Lumbriculus worm! You will learn how scientists generally design experiments and get the chance to test your own hypotheses about how the worms will react to caffeinated solutions.
  2. Talking with the Dead: How Archaeologists Learn from Ancient Skeletons: Learn how archaeologists use human skeletons to study the ancient past! Participants will use skeletal remains to assess the age, sex, and health of individuals from past populations. This will be an amazing chance to get in an archaeologists' shoes and use clues from the ground to create a picture of the past!
  3. Decoding the Secrets of Stars: The stars have secrets they want to share. Every twinkle of light is a message to us on Earth about that star's story. Join the Physics and Astronomy for Women group as they teach you how to decode the secrets of the stars and what that means for human understanding of the universe!.


Group #4 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)

  1. Marvelous Medicine: Pathways into the Health Professions (Anatomy, Health, Medicine): The ways you can get involved in the medical field are more numerous than you realize!  Come join Penn State Biology graduate students as we use models, specimens, ultrasound machines, and more to explore the human body and the many fascinating options that the medical field has for you!
  2. Who runs the world? Girls! (And more specifically their brains…so we study them!): With a group of brain scientists called "AXONS", students will learn about how we study the brain and why studying neuroscience is important. We will also be debunking some very commonly held myths about the brain.
  3. Wacky Worms: In biology, scientists often have to make use of strange and interesting organisms in order to learn more about their research questions. In this workshop, you will get the chance to experiment with one of these organisms, the Lumbriculus worm! You will learn how scientists generally design experiments and get the chance to test your own hypotheses about how the worms will react to caffeinated solutions.


Group #5 Workshop Sessions (Middle School - Grades 6-8)

  1. Secrets and Codes: An Introduction to Cryptography: Cryptography is the practice of studying and hiding information, and has been used for thousands of years to send confidential messages. Come learn how to encode and decode messages using different techniques and learn more about the mathematical underpinnings of code cracking!
  2. Decoding the Secrets of Stars: The stars have secrets they want to share. Every twinkle of light is a message to us on Earth about that star's story. Join the Physics and Astronomy for Women group as they teach you how to decode the secrets of the stars.
  3. The Wonders of Materials Science and Engineering: Have you ever wondered why your dentist tightens the band on your braces each month? Or how a heart valve works? Or how a space shuttle can withstand thousands of degrees of heat during takeoff? The answer lies within incredible material properties and mechanisms. Come explore materials through several demos and lab tours, and hear from young female scientists about their experiences thus far in academic research and industry.


Group #6 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)

  1. Mission to Mars!: Join scientists from Penn State's Astronomy & Astrophysics department to experience what it takes to plan a NASA mission by designing your own spacecraft to the Red Planet.
  2. Global Mapping for Change: Join Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) as we explore the globe over time connecting themes and fields of study in geography to discover how ecosystems and cultures are globally interconnected.
  3. Talking with the Dead: How Archaeologists Learn from Ancient Skeletons: Learn how archaeologists use human skeletons to study the ancient past! Participants will use skeletal remains to assess the age, sex, and health of individuals from past populations. This will be an amazing chance to get in an archaeologists' shoes and use clues from the ground to create a picture of the past!

Group #7 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)


Group #8 Workshop Sessions (Middle School – Grades 6-8)

  1. Converting Chemistry to Electricity: The Lemon Battery Challenge: We are surrounded by electrical devices that rely on batteries to power them. Come and learn how to generate electricity from chemical reactions caused by zinc, copper, and lemons!
  2. Incredible Insects: Ever wonder about the billions of six-legged creatures living around us? In this workshop, you will learn how to collect and preserve insects. We will also talk about how insects affect and inspire human life, through technology and careers that are related to entomology.
  3. Journey through STEM: Join students representing the National Society of Black Engineers - Penn State Chapter as they explain what really is STEM and how you can find your path in it.


***2018*** High School Groups and Sessions (9th - 10th Grades)

Check back soon for 2019 sessions!


Group #9 Workshop Sessions (High School – Grades 9-10)

  1. The Wonders of Materials Science and Engineering: Have you ever wondered why your dentist tightens the band on your braces each month? Or how a heart valve works? Or how a space shuttle can withstand thousands of degrees of heat during takeoff? The answer lies within incredible material properties and mechanisms. Come explore materials through several demos and lab tours, and hear from young female scientists about their experiences thus far in academic research and industry.
  1. Fossils and Apes, and Monkeys, Oh My!: Learning about our ancient ancestors through paleoanthropology: What is a paleoanthropologist, and how do they understand how and why humans move, eat, and behave as they do? With help from the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) young women in this workshop will explore the world of paleoanthropology, looking at biological and cultural evidence to understand the early development of modern humans.
  2. Converting Chemistry to Electricity: The Lemon Battery Challenge: We are surrounded by electrical devices that rely on batteries to power them. Come and learn how to generate electricity from chemical reactions caused by zinc, copper, and lemons!


Group #10 Workshop Sessions (High School – Grades 9-10)

  1. Fossils and Apes, and Monkeys, Oh My!: Learning about our ancient ancestors through paleoanthropology: What is a paleoanthropologist, and how do they understand how and why humans move, eat, and behave as they do? With help from the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) young women in this workshop will explore the world of paleoanthropology, looking at biological and cultural evidence to understand the early development of modern humans.
  2. Journey through STEM: Join students representing the National Society of Black Engineers - Penn State Chapter as they explain what really is STEM and how you can find your path in it.
  3. Engineer Your Future!: Participants in this session will get to meet female engineers from Penn State's Applied Research Lab who work on designing everything from submarines to airplanes! They will lead you through a hands-on activity that will put YOU in the engineer's seat and show you the cool things you could build and create in the future if you choose engineering!

***2018*** High School Groups and Sessions (11th - 12th Grades)

Check back soon for 2019 sessions!

 

New this year, 11th and 12th grade girls will have the opportunity to dive deep into lab experiences with Penn State Scientists. Each session will last two hours and will follow specific themes. See the options below for more details:

Group #11: Making Materials and Building Up the World (High School – Grades 11-12)

  1. Think Like an Engineer!: In this session, engineers from Penn State's Applied Research Lab will lead you through an in-depth experience that illustrates the dynamic thinking they use every day while designing and building submarines, planes, and more! Come learn about how women in engineering make a difference in our everyday lives, and put your engineering skills to the test through a hands-on competition!
  2. Teeny Tiny Science - The World of Materials and Nanoscience: The Keating Group and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center graduate students invite ENVISION participants to come explore the teeny-tiny world of micro- and nanoscience! Exactly how small are micro- and nanoparticles? How can we even "see" or interact with things on these scales? Participants will explore these concepts while using professional-level instruments, like microscopes, and college classroom level adaptations with every day household items, and take a tour of some of Penn State's multi-million dollar facilities that we use to make the gadgets and gizmos needed to interact with nanoparticles.


Group #12: Medical Exploration - From Research to Dissection! (High School – Grades 11-12)

  1. Visualizing Viruses: We all know that viruses can cause dangerous infections, but did you know that a virus' structure can affect how it infects its host? Resarchers in the Hafenstein Lab at Penn State use a powerful technique called Cryo electron microscopy to study the shapes of viruses. In this session, you'll get to see how this powerful technology works and piece together your own 3D viruses! Join us and check out the place where medical advances are born - the lab!
  2. The World of Anatomy and Physiology: The Biology Department would like to welcome ENVISION to the exciting world of human anatomy! You will experience anatomy at the collegiate level; starting in our dry lab with anatomical models, and eventually moving into our cadaver lab. We will be discussing careers and college majors that expand on human anatomy, as well as anatomical gifts and body donation. We hope you can join us for this science-packed afternoon!


Group #13: The Cutting Edge - Biotechnology Lab Experience (High School – Grades 11-12)

  1. The Cutting Edge - Biotechnology Lab Experience: You might not realize it, but biotechnology is everywhere in our daily lives - from the food that we eat to the medicines we take to how we solve crimes! Participants in this session will get hands-on with DNA manipulation techniques and even get to learn how to genetically engineer bacteria! Through these experiences, you will learn about how a few revolutionary techniques in biotechnology created world-changing possibilities for society. You'll also learn about how you can make cutting-edge biotechnology a part of your future college experience and career! (*Note: Due to the hands-on nature of this lab experience, participants will go to the lab for a 2-hour session in the morning and return for a 2-hour session after lunch.)


Group #14: From the Stars to the Seas (High School – Grades 11-12)

  1. Listening to Gravity's Unheard Symphonies - Gravitational Waves: In 2017, humankind achieved its first detection of gravitational waves, which are ripples in space time that are created when two black holes merge. Penn State researchers who are part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration helped make that discovery, and they want to show you how it was done! In this session, you'll learn all about the mind-boggling techniques that are used to detect  gravitational waves and also get hands-on exposure to the excitement of career paths where exploring the universe is your everyday job!
  2. A Day in the Life of a Marine Biologist: The best thing about a career in marine biology is the variety of work you can do: you can study all types of sea creatures from whales to microscopic organisms! The Baums Lab at Penn State studies coral genetics. In this session, members of this lab will introduce you to their work, which ranges from scuba diving to using molecular techniques in the lab to answer fundamental questions that guide coral reef conservation efforts. (You'll also get to work with some sea creatures yourself!) Come learn more about the principles of genetics and how we use it to help our world's beautiful reef ecosystems!

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