EYH STEM Career Day

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Join us on campus for a full day of science enrichment that includes a mini career fair, break out sessions with hands-on activities, speakers, and a chance to work with Penn State students, graduate students and faculty. Young women have a chance to ponder their future in STEM disciplines. It will be a day to remember!

EYH 2017 is over, but information about EYH 2018 will be available in the fall. Please check out our EYH 2017 video to learn more about the event!

Overview

The  2017 Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) STEM Career Day for Young Women is open to all female students who are currently in 6th—12th grade. Throughout this full-day experience, EYH attendees will hear inspiring speakers, explore science concepts through hands-on activities in Penn State facilities, and learn from Penn State women who are doing amazing things both in the lab and out in the world!  If you are a young women who wants to learn what women in STEM do, what we can accomplish, and how STEM is relevant to your own journey, this is the event for you!

Below you will find information on how to register, the event schedule, and the workshops you will be able to choose from. 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: January 28th, 2017 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.; check-in 9:00 a.m.-9:15am @ 100 Life Sciences; check-out 4:00pm @ 100 Life Sciences

Where: University Park Campus: Thomas, Life Sciences, Frear, and other Labs

Who: 6-8th and 9-12th grade girls

What: Workshop (choose one Session), Talks, Discussion Panels, and Break-out Sessions

 

Registration

How and When to Register:

Registration opens at 10am on January 4th, 2017 and will close on January 20th. 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 $25.00 per participant and includes a t-shirt, drawstring bag, lunch, and all event workshop materials. (Lunch includes a 6” sub, 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).

*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 in this packet 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 prior to going online to register.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve 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.


2017 Workshop Sessions

NOTE: If your first choice is not available when you register, please choose another session. If there are no longer any sessions to choose from, this means all sessions have been filled and we are now compiling a wait list. Please complete your (empty) registration, and you will be put on this wait list.

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

  1. Exploring the Possibilities of 3D Printing (Engineering): 3D printers are amazing devices that can print musical instruments, prosthetic limbs, even organs! Learn about this new technology that is becoming more and more present in everyday life and try your hand at being an engineer by designing and creating an object, 3D printer-style!
  2. Ship Design Team Challenge (Naval Engineering): Have you ever wondered how naval engineers build enormous ships that can carry thousands of people and still float across the water? In this workshop you will learn the basic concepts of buoyancy that determine whether things float, and then discover them for yourself as you and your team design your own ship and put it to the test!
  3. Converting Chemistry to Electricity: The Lemon Battery Challenge (Electrochemistry): Did you know a lemon can create electricty? Or that chemical reactions can create electrical currents? In this workshop, after learning about redox reactions and electrical currents, you will create your own lemon battery that can power small-voltage electronics. You will then try your hand at making batteries from other fruit to see if you can figure out the principles at work behind these "electrifying" fruit!

 

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

  1. Secrets and Codes - an Introduction to Cryptography (Math): 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. Exploring the Possibilities of 3D Printing (Engineering): 3D printers are amazing devices that can print musical instruments, prosthetic limbs, even organs! Learn about this new technology that is becoming more and more present in everyday life and try your hand at being an engineer by designing and creating an object, 3D printer-style!
  3. Create Your Own Black Hole (Astronomy): In this workshop, you will learn about the mysteries of the universe...exploding stars and black holes, to be specific! Through several hands-on activities you will model how black holes form, examine the fabric of space-time, and simulate a supernova. Come see what astronomers get to think about every day in this out-of-this-world session!

 

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

  1. Creative Science: Fun with Color Chemistry (Chemistry): Whoever said science can't be creative and fun? In this workshop, fantastic students from Penn State's Graduate Women in Science group will lead you through a set of colorful, eye-catching chemistry activities. Not only will you learn cool chemistry concepts and how they're important in the real world, you'll see that science and creativity really do go hand in hand!
  2. Magnetricks (Physics): What are magnets? While many people can answer this question in an everyday sense, most can't explain the scientific importance of magnets. Join the ladies from Penn State's Physics and Astronomy for Women (PAW) organization to explore magnets, from the ones on your fridge to the Earth's magnetic field, and see how they are linked to physics, astrophysics, and engineering!
  3. How Do Speakers Work? (Acoustics): If you've ever wondered what sound is or how speakers work, this is the workshop for you! You will learn about the physical nature of sound and why we can hear it. You will then walk in the shoes of an acoustical engineer by using everyday items to build your very own speaker and test it with your favorite tunes!

 

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

    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!

    Talk Techy to Me (Information Science and Technology): What can women do in the male-dominated field of Information Science and Technology (IST)? Everything! In this workshop, members of Penn State's Women in IST (WIST) club will lead you through binary bracelet making and code cracking activities that will show you how IST is a fast-paced, incredibly cool field for awesome young women, like yourself, to dive into!

    Magnetricks (Physics): What are magnets? While many people can answer this question in an everyday sense, most can't explain the scientific importance of magnets. Join the ladies from Penn State's Physics and Astronomy for Women (PAW) organization to explore magnets, from the ones on your fridge to the Earth's magnetic field, and see how they are linked to physics, astrophysics, and engineering!

 

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

  1. Fossils and Apes and Monkeys, Oh My! (Paleoanthropology): Paleoanthropologists use primate skeletons to piece together the story of human evolution. Join graduate students in the field of anthropology for hands-on activities featuring skeleton casts from several primate species that will allow you to use your observations to make deductions about primate and hominoid behavior.
  2. 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!
  3. Solving Crimes with Chromatography (Chemistry, Forensics): Chromatography, also known as "color writing", is used by scientists to analyze and separate the components of a mixture. Did you know that this technique can actually be used at crime scenes to provide vital clues? In this workshop, you will learn how to create your own chromatogram and use it to crack a case!

 

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

  1. Decoding DNA - The Thread of Life (Biology): In this workshop, you will learn how to extract DNA from your own cheek cells using basic molecular biology/genomics techniques. You will then bottle your own DNA in a helix-shaped necklace, allowing you to see and store your own DNA! You will then learn about the building blocks of DNA and use beads to craft a bracelet representing your "DNA alias".
  2. Create Your Own Black Hole (Astronomy): In this workshop, you will learn about the mysteries of the universe...exploding stars and black holes, to be specific! Through several hands-on activities you will model how black holes form, examine the fabric of space-time, and simulate a supernova. Come see what astronomers get to think about every day in this out-of-this-world session!
  3. Creative Science: Fun with Color Chemistry (Chemistry): Whoever said science can't be creative and fun? In this workshop, fantastic students from Penn State's Graduate Women in Science group will lead you through a set of colorful, eye-catching chemistry activities. Not only will you learn cool chemistry concepts and how they're important in the real world, you'll see that science and creativity really do go hand in hand!

 

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

  1. Traffic Control Center Chaos (Civil Engineering): Transportation plays a tremendous role in all of our daily lives, yet very few realize there is a team of civil engineers dedicated to creating a safe and efficient transportation system. Join the world of transportation engineering, and be inspired to think twice about this field!
  2. Decoding DNA - The Thread of Life (Biology): In this workshop, you will learn how to extract DNA from your own cheek cells using basic molecular biology/genomics techniques. You will then bottle your own DNA in a helix-shaped necklace, allowing you to see and store your own DNA! You will then learn about the building blocks of DNA and use beads to craft a bracelet representing your "DNA alias".
  3. Talk Techy to Me (Information Science and Technology): What can women do in the male-dominated field of Information Science and Technology (IST)? Everything! In this workshop, members of Penn State's Women in IST (WIST) club will lead you through binary bracelet making and code cracking activities that will show you how IST is a fast-paced, incredibly cool field for awesome young women, like yourself, to dive into!

 

Group #8 Workshop Sessions (High School – Grades 9-12) (FULL)

  1. How to Change the World with Ideas (Problem Solving): Are you the kind of girl who is motivated by a challenge? So many of the world’s best ideas come into being when imagination meets a tough problem, and this workshop will teach you ways to dream up ideas and turn them into reality! You will also learn how real  people have combined creative ideas with scientific knowledge to make a big difference on our world!
  2. Disease Detectives: Using Statistics to Solve Health Mysteries (Statistics, Public Health): In this workshop, you get to become a disease detective and solve a public health mystery! Work with your team to use the ten steps of outbreak investigation to determine whether illnesses you observe in the case are part of a bigger outbreak, then figure out who might be at risk and what should be done next. Learn for yourself how statistics, critical thinking, and teamwork can help keep communities around the world healthy!
  3. Make it Matter: What Materials Scientists Do & Why It Is Important (Materials Science): In this workshop, you will go on a tour of one of the most unique facilities on Penn State's campus, the state-of-the-art Millennium Science Complex! While doing so, you will go through three interactive stations where you meet real materials scientists and learn what materials scientists do and why their work matters!

 

Group #9 Workshop Sessions (High School – Grades 9-12)

  1. Gaming Biology: Mapping Our Molecules (Biochemistry): As biology has evolved, researchers are faced with the task of examining and categorizing a large variety of molecular structures - a huge task for even multiple scientists in many labs! To solve this problem, some scientists have created games which "crowdsource" biology, meaning that anyone anywhere can play the games to contribute to the scientists' understanding of the molecules' shapes and functions. Learn about these games in this workshop and try some out for yourself!
  2. Make it Matter: What Materials Scientists Do & Why It Is Important (Materials Science): In this workshop, you will go on a tour of one of the most unique facilities on Penn State's campus, the state-of-the-art Millennium Science Complex! While doing so, you will go through three interactive stations where you meet real materials scientists and learn what materials scientists do and why their work matters!
  3. A Slice of Light: The Interaction of Light with Matter (Physical Chemistry): Light looks simple to the naked eye, but if you use a tool called a spectroscope you can actually split light into its component parts! In this workshop, you will learn all about light and also do a college-level hands-on activity building a spectroscope to analyze different types of light. The world will never look the same again!

 

Group #10 Workshop Sessions (High School – Grades 9-12) FULL

  1. Ship Design Team Challenge (Naval Engineering): Have you ever wondered how naval engineers build enormous ships that can carry thousands of people and still float across the water? In this workshop you will learn the basic concepts of buoyancy that determine whether things float, and then discover them for yourself as you and your team design your own ship and put it to the test!
  2. Gaming Biology: Mapping Our Molecules (Biochemistry): As biology has evolved, researchers are faced with the task of examining and categorizing a large variety of molecular structures - a huge task for even multiple scientists in many labs! To solve this problem, some scientists have created games which "crowdsource" biology, meaning that anyone anywhere can play the games to contribute to the scientists' understanding of the molecules' shapes and functions. Learn about these games in this workshop and try some out for yourself!
  3. Disease Detectives: Using Statistics to Solve Health Mysteries (Statistics, Public Health): In this workshop, you get to become a disease detective and solve a public health mystery! Work with your team to use the ten steps of outbreak investigation to determine whether illnesses you observe in the case are part of a bigger outbreak, then figure out who might be at risk and what should be done next. Learn for yourself how statistics, critical thinking, and teamwork can help keep communities around the world healthy!

 

2017 EXPO Participants

Applied Research Lab, Engineering Ambassadors, ECoS Student Council, Biochemisty Society, Astronomy Department, Graduate Women in Science, Women in IST, and many more!

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