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ENVISION:
STEM Career Day Supporting Young Women

SAVE THE DATE!

ENVISION 2024 is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2024!

You can also subscribe to our Science Outreach Community Newsletter to receive information as it becomes available. 

Online registration will open on Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 at Noon

You can register for Envision HERE

Overview

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

Throughout this experience, ENVISION attendees will hear inspiring speakers, learn from Penn State scientists, engineers, 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 Office of Science Outreach at outreach@science.psu.edu. You may also view the ENVISION registration questions before registering.

Tentative Program Details for 2024

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Where: Penn State University Park campus 

Cost: $40 includes lunch in a Penn State dining hall, a T-shirt, and all program materials. Financial aid is available!

Registration: Registration for this event will open January 30, 2024.

*Please note, Tracks 6, 7 & 8 are full

Flyer: Click HERE to download a copy of our 2024 ENVISION Flyer

 

Thank you to all who participated in ENVISION 2023!

We have created a Facebook album of photos that you can access here: ENVISION 2023

ENVISION 2024 Workshops 

 

Tracks for Participants in Grades 11 & 12 

Track 1: Language Science, Escape Room, & Neurofutures 

  • Experimenting with Language Learning: An Introduction to Language Science - Have you ever wondered how human babies acquire language so quickly, long before they start school? Come to this workshop to explore how scientists study language development in babies, and how we can use the tools of science to study language more generally!  
  • Engineering Escape Room - If there was a zombie apocalypse, could you and your team escape? Come to this STEM-centric workshop to find out! You’ll need to solve science and engineering challenges in order to get to the sanctuary city before it’s too late! In addition, you’ll learn from experts about the importance of teamwork and communication in any STEM career. 
  • Neurofutures - Explore the field of neuroethics! What will the future hold with a variety of new brain technologies? Join us as we explore the options and ethical implications of neuroscientific advances and neurotechnologies through an interactive game.  

Track 2: Escape Room, Statistics, & Acoustics 

  • Engineering Escape Room - If there was a zombie apocalypse, could you and your team escape? Come to this STEM-centric workshop to find out! You’ll need to solve science and engineering challenges in order to get to the sanctuary city before it’s too late! In addition, you’ll learn from experts about the importance of teamwork and communication in any STEM career. 
  • Statistical Sampling with Skittles® - Have fun examining the proportions of colorful candies while learning about dotplots and bootstrap sampling! Hear about all the career possibilities in the field of statistics and about some of the female statisticians who have impacted the field.  
  • Make Some Noise! The Fundamentals of Acoustics - Do you hear that? The field of acoustics, or the science of sound, is full of possibilities! Come participate in hands-on demonstrations and activities to explore what acoustics is all about. 

 

Tracks for Participants in Grades 9 & 10 

Track 3; Batteries, Materials That Matter, & Lava Lamps 

  • Building Batteries and Splitting Water: The Race for Clean Energy - Batteries have a significant role in the implementation of clean energy, but how were batteries developed and how can you build one? Join us to learn about batteries, electrochemistry, and energy storage technology. Plus, get a glimpse of the many career options in this upcoming field.   
  • Materials That Matter: Exploring Materials One Application at a Time - Come learn about various applications in the fields of materials science and engineering, and about potential career opportunities. You’ll visit instructional labs on campus, examine materials such as metallic glass, hygroscopic materials,and shape memory alloys, and explore an electron microscope!   
  • Lava Lamp Experiment - Join the Society of Women Engineers to learn about being a student at Penn State. Have fun experimenting with various mixtures to make a lava lamp and explore some chemistry and physic concepts too!  

Track 4: Materials That Matter, Mission Design, & Microbial Life 

  • Materials That Matter: Exploring Materials One Application at a Time - Come learn about various applications in the fields of materials science and engineering, and about potential career opportunities. You’ll visit instructional labs on campus, examine materials such as metallic glass, hygroscopic materials, shape memory alloys, and explore an electron microscope!   
  • Mission Design - Meet female engineers from TriMech Solutions and learn about computer aided design and 3D printing. With your own mission team, you’ll also create a space vehicle that you’ll get to customize with hand-held 3D printers!  
  • My Microbial Life - What is a microbiome? How is the human oral microbiome affected by different lifestyles? The answer to these and other questions will be answered with a fun game! 

Track 5: Tendon Tech, Electrical Marvels, & Statistics 

  • Tendon Tech: Hands-On Repair! - Explore the career options in biomedical engineering and how this field of STEM is used in medical procedures. Try your hand at reconstructing tendons like surgeons do and see which method works best! 
  • Unveiling Electrical Marvels in Squishy, Graphene, and Piezo Materials - Join us to learn about the different properties of materials – especially the materials that conduct electricity! Discover some of the real-world impacts that can be made in the interdisciplinary field of materials science. Could this be a potential career for you?  
  • Statistical Sampling with Skittles® - Have fun examining the proportions of colorful candies while learning about dotplots and bootstrap sampling! Hear about all the career possibilities in the field of statistics and about some of the female statisticians who have impacted the field.  

 

Tracks for Participants in Grades 6, 7 & 8

Track 6: Herbarium, Microbiome Modeling, & Usable Security (Full)

  • Escape the Herbarium - Step into the world of a botanist! Visit the PAC Herbarium on campus and learn about the terminology and multiple characteristics that botanists use for tree identification. You’ll have several fun challenges to complete before you can “escape”! 
  • Modeling a Gut Microbiome - Microbiologists have learned that the human gut has its own population of bacteria. A gut microbiome changes depending on various diets and life events! Join us as we explore this fascinating world and how it changes!  
  • Girls, We Want You in Usable Security and Privacy- This cybersecurity workshop will use games and presentations to explore modules about emerging security and privacy issues! Plus, by combining social sciences and psychology, you’ll learn why humans are so vulnerable to these security issues. Join us for an unforgettable journey where you'll become the master of your digital world and learn more about this exciting career path!  

Track 7: Mission Design, Usable Security, & Microbiome Modeling (Full)

  • Mission Design - Meet female engineers from TriMech Solutions and learn about computer aided design and 3D printing. With your own mission team, you’ll also create a space vehicle that you’ll get to customize with hand-held 3D printers!  
  • Girls, We Want You in Usable Security and Privacy- This cybersecurity workshop will use games and presentations to explore modules about emerging security and privacy issues! Plus, by combining social sciences and psychology, you’ll learn why humans are so vulnerable to these security issues. Join us for an unforgettable journey where you'll become the master of your digital world and learn more about this exciting career path!  
  • Modeling a Gut Microbiome - Microbiologists have learned that the human gut has its own population of bacteria. A gut microbiome changes depending on various diets and life events! Join us as we explore this fascinating world and how it changes!  

Track 8: Gastronomic Marvels, Lava Lamps, & Herbarium (Full)

  • Gastronomic Marvels: Exploring the Fascinating World of Insect Feeding - Have you ever thought about research in the field of Ecology? What about the strategic way that insects feed? What scientific contributions have women made to Ecology and Entomology? Find out the answers to these questions - and do a little research of your own too!  
  • Lava Lamp Experiment - Join the Society of Women Engineers to learn about being a student at Penn State. Have fun experimenting with various mixtures to make a lava lamp and explore some chemistry and physic concepts too!  
  • Escape the Herbarium - Step into the world of a botanist! Visit the PAC Herbarium on campus and learn about the terminology and multiple characteristics that botanists use for tree identification. You’ll have several fun challenges to complete before you can “escape”! 

Track 9: Bit-By-Bit, Gastronomic Marvels, & Mission Design 

  • Bit-By-Bit: Can Computers Think? - Come learn about circuits, transistors, and logic gates in this computer-focused workshop! We’ll also spend time learning about the way computers “think”, how computer memory has changed over time, and about some exciting careers in AI and computer science.    
  • Gastronomic Marvels: Exploring the Fascinating World of Insect Feeding - Have you ever thought about research in the field of Ecology? What about the strategic way that insects feed? What scientific contributions have women made to Ecology and Entomology? Find out the answers to these questions - and do a little research of your own too!  
  • Mission Design - Meet female engineers from TriMech Solutions and learn about computer aided design and 3D printing. With your own mission team, you’ll also create a space vehicle that you’ll get to customize with hand-held 3D printers!  

 

Check out our video from ENVISION 2019!

Questions?

Learn More about the Office of Science Outreach Here

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

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