Girls in STEM Event 2019 for Students Grades 4-8
Free Event ! Join us for an exciting New York State Master Teacher sponsored Girls in STEM Event! Girls will attend two dynamic, hands on workshops of their choice and hear a keynote presentation by Dr.Kathleen Dunn from he SUNY Polytechnic College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Parents are welcome to stay with their child. Space is limited, so register early! Registration will open on Saturday, March 2 at 8am.
Workshop session descriptions:
Mathematical Art with Scratch: Use the free programming tool, Scratch, to make mathematically inspired art.
Saving Energy is a Bright Idea: What is watt? Learn about the history and development of lighting technology. Then compare and contrast four different types of commercially available light) in terms of their energy usage. Learn what this means in terms of energy efficiency and how you can take action at home to help reduce global pollution and carbon emissions!
Shrinky Dinks & STEM: Let's explore plastic that shrinks in the oven. We will decorate and use this plastic to make a key chain or jewelry.
Mathematical Magic Tricks: Algebra-dabra! Impress your friends and family with some mathematical magic tricks you'll learn how to perform during this fun-filled session!
The Science of Silly Putty: Students will learn basic concepts about polymers, how they are made, and where they are found in the body. Then they will make their own silly putty!
Jelly Bean Bonanza: Explore how your senses of sight and smell influence the flavors you taste. Allergy note: We will be tasting jelly beans, gum and fruit loop cereal in this session.
A-Mazing Race: Students will use building bricks to create their own mazes of different levels of difficulty. Students will then test their mazes, using marbles, to race to the finish!
Waves of Waste: What's your pollution solution? : Students will explore the effects of oil spills on animals and the environment and investigate oil spill clean-up methods through a simulated oil spill. They will also investigate how changing ocean temperatures are affecting fish populations.
Climates of the Past: Using Tree Rings, Ice Cores, and Fossils to Uncover Past Climates: You will become a climatologist in this workshop as you find and analyze clues about the past climate buried in ice cores and tree rings to provide us with information about temperature, precipitation, and more. These clues in the natural environment help us to not only understand past climates, but help us make educated future predictions.
Exploring Himmeli Sculptures: These fun-to-build and interesting geometric shapes are based on traditional ornaments from Finland.
Build a Microscope for a Smart Device: Build a lens attachment for a smartphone or tablet to magnify, photograph, and measure very small objects. Please bring a smartphone or tablet that has a camera.
Eggcellent Adventure: Have you ever wondered why you have to wear a bike helmet? Find out in this eggcellent adventure, as we design and build containers to protect raw eggs from a large fall.
Keynote Speaker Biography
Magdia De Jesus Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University at Albany. Division of Infectious Diseases, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. Wadsworth Center, David Axelrod Institute
Dr. Magdia De Jesus received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2009. Subsequently, she served in two postdoctoral appointments with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health – first as an Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow under the sponsorship of the Center for Disease Control (2009-11), and second as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the sponsorship of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2011-14). She joined the School of Public Health at the State University of New York at Albany in September 2015 as an assistant professor of biomedical sciences. Dr. De Jesus has co-authored more than thirty scientific papers. Her most recent research seeks to understand (1) how the intestinal immune system recognizes fungal microbes such as Candida albicans (2) to develop oral based vaccines against Candida auris, a new antifungal resistant emerging pathogen. Dr. De Jesus was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Harlem, New York City. She credits her interest in an academic career in science to a “pipeline” of mentors throughout her educational journey. Her academic journey has led her to develop “A scientist looks just like you” program to educate and inspire children in grades 3-12 to understand that they too can be scientists regardless of background or socioeconomic status.