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Office of Science Outreach
ENVISION: STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women
Women of Science

Thank you to all who participated in a great Envision 2020. Check back in the fall for details about Envision 2021. 

 

2019 Event Photo Album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/scienceupsu/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2435466926528648

 

Overview

The primary goal of ENVISION: STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women is to help young women see themselves in the STEM fields. The 2020 ENVISION: STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women is open to all students who are currently in 6th—12th grades.

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 students and professional scientists. If you want 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!

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, February 29th, 2020 9:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. (Snow make-up date: Sunday, March 1, 2020)

Check-in: 9:00 AM - 9:20 AM in Life Sciences Building (Basement lobby for middle school, 1st floor lobby for high school)

Check-out: 4:15 PM in Life Sciences Building (Basement lobby for middle school, 1st floor lobby for high school)

How and When to Register:

Registration opens at 10am on January 20th, 2020 and will close on February 23rd at 11:59 pm. 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 just $30.00 per participant. The registration fee covers a t-shirt, lunch, science-themed giveaways, 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, Turkey, or Veggie, as well as a salad option).

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

Track Selection:

At the time of registration, participants will be asked to choose the track they would like to join for the event (first come, first served).  A participant’s track determines which workshop sessions will be attended during the day, so please see the track descriptions below on this page and select your top choices before going online to register! If a participant’s first choice track is filled, it will not appear as an option on the registration form; please be ready with alternate track choices. A parent or guardian must register each child. Students wanting to participate with a friend, or as a part of a school or scout group, will want to decide which track to select together prior to going online to register. (There is a registration option to choose a Labmate. Labmates must register for the same track 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, 2-3 weeks before the event (Week of February 10, 2020). We will use email addresses provided during registration, so please make sure the email address you enter is correct! The Parent Information Packet will contain general logistical information about ENVISION, as well as all the required forms that must be completed by parents/guardians.

NEW THIS YEAR! Required program forms need to be submitted in advance of the event! Completed program forms are due in our office by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Methods of returning the forms are listed below:

  • By mail:  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: Our fax number is: (814) 865-0096. 

    While we are continuing to explore electronic submission options, current university guidance on data privacy suggests this is not yet possible. Advance submission of forms will allow our staff sufficient time to process the registrants' information and allow for a streamlined check-in process. We will send an email to confirm that we have received your child's required forms.  We will remind registered families to submit their forms by the February 26th deadline and will do our best to follow up with those who have not submitted their forms. Unfortunately, if we do not have the required program forms before the event, your child will not be able to participate in ENVISION.

     

    2020 High School Tracks and Sessions

    Note - High school students (grades 9-12) may register for either Track 1 or 2. Be aware, however, that the content level of each track is targeted towards the advertised grade band: the level of the content in Track 1 will be targeted at 11-12th graders and Track 2 content will be targeted for 9-10th graders. Please consider this before registering for a high school track outside your grade band!

     

    Track #1 Workshop Sessions (High School – target Grades 11-12) - FULL

    • STEM Escape Room with the Applied Research Lab:  Prepare for an hour of science fun and learning with Penn State's Applied Research Lab! In this workshop, you'll learn about what an engineer does as well as some of the concepts they study in a fun and unique format: a STEM Escape Room!
    • Viruses & Nanotechnology: One fascinating thing about research is how many different types of scientists can come together to make amazing discoveries. In this workshop, you'll see how scientists in the fields of nanotechnology, biology, physics, and chemistry can come together to make a life-saving brand new invention!
    • Experimenting with Language Learning: Language is amazing- by simply making noises at someone, we can communicate ideas and transplant information into their brain. How does this work, and what kinds of people study it? That's what you'll find out in this workshop!

     

    Track #2 Workshop Sessions (High School – target Grades 9-10) - FULL

    • Getting a “Hand” in Biomedical Engineering: Engineers study way more than you think! In this session you'll get a first-hand look at the ways biomedical engineers can study how the body works- in this specific case, tendons! *Note- this workshop will involve working with real chicken tendons. If you are uncomfortable working with real biological materials, please contact the Office of Science Outreach team with any questions/concerns.
    • Brilliant Color from Colorless Materials: We live in a colorful world! But what is color, and where does it come from? Can you change something's color? In this workshop you'll learn all about some very unexpected techniques to manipulate light in creative and beautiful ways!

    • Wildlife Conservation in Pennsylvania- From Bats to Bog Turtles to Butterflies: Learn about some of the many native wildlife species in Pennsylvania and the conservation efforts that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are working on in cooperation with State agencies and many other partners. Discover what you can do to make a difference for wildlife conservation!

     

    2020 Middle School Tracks and Sessions 

     

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

    • Snowballs from Space: Have you ever seen a comet? These cosmic snowballs are some of the most beautiful yet deadly objects in space! Penn State astronomers will show participants some of the defining features of comets and asteroids and illustrate what makes them so dangerous to Earth and why it’s important to understand them.

    • Who Runs the World? Girls! (And More Specifically, their Brains....so We Study Them): Guided by a group of brain scientists called "AXONS”, participants will learn about techniques scientists use to study the brain and why studying neuroscience is so important! The AXONS group will lead participants through some myth-busting activities where they debunk some very commonly held myths about the brain. Prepare to be amazed by this phenomenal organ and everything that we are still learning about it!

    • Brilliant Color from Colorless Materials: We live in a colorful world! But what is color, and where does it come from? Can you change something's color? In this workshop you'll learn all about some very unexpected techniques to manipulate light in creative and beautiful ways!

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

    • The Impact of Materials Science and Engineering: Have you even wondered how a heart valve works? Or how a space shuttle can withstand thousands of degrees of heat during take-off? Are you interested to learn about new technologies in renewable energy? The answer lies within incredible material properties and mechanisms. Come explore the exciting world of materials through several demos and hear from female role models about their experience thus far in academic research and industry experiences.
    • STEM Escape Room with the Applied Research Lab: Prepare for an hour of science fun and learning with Penn State's Applied Research Lab! In this workshop, you'll learn about what an engineer does as well as some of the concepts they study in a fun and unique format: a STEM Escape Room!

    • Who Runs the World? Girls! (And More Specifically, their Brains....so We Study Them): Guided by a group of brain scientists called "AXONS”, participants will learn about techniques scientists use to study the brain and why studying neuroscience is so important! The AXONS group will lead participants through some myth-busting activities where they debunk some very commonly held myths about the brain. Prepare to be amazed by this phenomenal organ and everything that we are still learning about it!

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

    • The Bare Bones of Archeaology: Is it true that dead men tell no tales? Not really! In fact, we can learn a lot from just their bones! In this workshop, you'll work with Penn State anthropologists and practice the scientific methods they use to learn how long ago people lived, how old they were when they died, and even a bit about what their lives may have been like.

    • Planning a Meeting with Aliens: Are we alone, or is there someone out there? We may not know yet, but pick this workshop to meet astronomers who are trying to find out! They'll guide you through a fun activity about finding aliens and how to communicate with beings that may share nothing in common with us!
    • Water Quality: Water is the most important substance on Earth. We drink it, clean with it, use it for making and transferring power, and grow our food with it. But sometimes we also mess it up, and it's up to scientists to figure out how to make it clean again. In this workshop you'll work with cutting-edge researchers to figure out how we can preserve this amazing resource.

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

    • NASA Rover: Ladies Takeover! Do you want to build a rover…?  Now's your chance! Scientists from Fisher Unitech will show you all about CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and will have 3D printers on hand to build your own rover prototype!

    • The Impact of Materials Science and Engineering: Have you even wondered how a heart valve works? Or how a space shuttle can withstand thousands of degrees of heat during take-off? Are you interested to learn about new technologies in renewable energy? The answer lies within incredible material properties and mechanisms. Come explore the exciting world of materials through several demos and hear from female role models about their experience thus far in academic research and industry experiences.

    • Planning a Meeting with Aliens: Are we alone, or is there someone out there? We may not know yet, but pick this workshop to meet astronomers who are trying to find out! They'll guide you through a fun activity about finding aliens and how to communicate with beings that may share nothing in common with us!

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

    • Brilliant Color from Colorless Materials: We live in a colorful world! But what is color, and where does it come from? Can you change something's color? In this workshop you'll learn all about some very unexpected techniques to manipulate light in creative and beautiful ways!

    • Bacteria WorldBacteria are everywhere, and rarely do we think about them. But do they matter? Yes, a lot! Learn about how bacteria work, what they look like, and how they survive. Then put your skills to the test by putting yourself in a bacterium's (tiny) shoes!
    • NASA Rover: Ladies Takeover! Do you want to build a rover…?  Now's your chance! Scientists from Fisher Unitech will show you all about CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and will have 3D printers on hand to build your own rover prototype!

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

    • Insects Around Us: Entomological Careers & Technology Insects are everywhere! From under logs in the forest to flying in the sky to hiding in your closet, they dominate every corner of the world. In fact, without them, we probably wouldn't even be here! In this workshop you'll get to hold, identify, and study many fascinating types of insects.
    • NASA Rover: Ladies Takeover! Do you want to build a rover…?  Now's your chance! Scientists from Fisher Unitech will show you all about CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and will have 3D printers on hand to build your own rover prototype!

    • Bacteria World: Bacteria are everywhere, and rarely do we think about them. But do they matter? Yes, a lot! Learn about how bacteria work, what they look like, and how they survive. Then put your skills to the test by putting yourself in a bacterium's (tiny) shoes!

     

    Questions?

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    Contact us via email at outreach@science.psu.edu or give us a call at (814) 865-0083

     Office of Science Outreach, 201 Ritenour Building, University Park, PA 16802

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