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Girl workshops

Our 2019 conference will be held on Saturday, March 9th. You can register for the girls' conference here. Below are the 2019 workshops.

2019 Workshops
Back me up!
This workshop is designed to teach you about the anatomy of the human spine and some of the most common pathologies that impact growing patients (ex. Scoliosis). Girls will learn about scoliosis and do activities around better understanding how an external device called a thoracolumbar sacral orthosis (TLSO) and surgery are used to address this condition.

Becoming a Dogtor
Love animals? Come join us as we discuss the aspects of being a veterinarian and experience first-hand what it’s like to work through a veterinary case and save animals!

Beyond Gender: Balancing Your Multiple Identities While Being a Scientist
Science is fun, but sometimes it can be lonely if you’re the only one who looks like you in your laboratory. Come to this workshop to hear about the stories and experiences of current young scientists, and how they figured out how to balance their various identities (race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc.).
Topics include diversity, inclusion, equity, access and intersectionality, and how to make the STEM fields a place where everyone feels comfortable, seen, and respected.
This session is open to anyone and everyone!

Brain chitchat
Be a brain and sound detective! Use your skills to identify an animal’s voice and explore which brain was doing the talking!

Building a Neuron
In this workshop you will learn about neuroscience by making your own model of a neuron! First we will have a short presentation explaining what neurons are, how they work, and different types of neurons. Then, using play-dough, you will create a neuron on a paper plate that you can take home and share.

Driving the Future: How Computers See the World
Learn how images are processed so that self-driving cars and other robots can understand the world around them! We'll discuss several modern algorithms used for computer vision with fun, interactive examples. By the end, you will apply these techniques to see how a self-driving car finds lanes on the road!

Earthquakes' effects on buildings
Ever wonder what makes a structure survive earthquakes? What is the difference between different building and what makes a building stand? In the workshop you will get to design and build your own structures and then test them in an earthquake and see if they survive.

Genome Detectives
This workshop will be an introduction to basic computational biology, genetics and evolutionary biology. Girls will use the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)'s online BLAST tool to identify mystery genes. Girls will then discuss what they found out about the mystery genes in the context of evolutionary relationships and inheritance.

Juice from Juice: Berry Solar Cells
Think fruit is just for eating? Try your hand at creating a berry-powered solar cell that converts light energy into electrical energy. In this workshop, we’ll build dye-sensitized solar cells and evaluate their performance. We’ll also discuss the ways in which materials scientists and electrical engineers contribute to alternative energy advances.

Lasers Light the Way
What can lasers teach us about light? You’ve seen Superman’s powerful lasers. How can light, like the light coming out of your light bulb, cut through metal? We’ll learn about how smart light is, how there are different types of light, and how we use those in new research as well as in everyday life.

Playing with Fire
Live fire demos! Learn what being a wildland fire scientist is like and get answers to questions like: How do wildfires burn? What should we do about them? We all know fires can be deadly and destructive, but there’s more to the story than you may realize.

Pop, Lock & Gloss It: Make your own lipbalm!
Ever wondered how Burt’s Bees lip balm is made? Come and join us and get a behind the scenes look at the chemistry and engineering needed to get that perfect lip balm to you! Chapped lips beware!

Powering the world with batteries
Come learn how to make batteries from materials that can be found in your home! In this workshop, you will create your own battery to power LED lights and household objects. Learn what makes batteries work and how we can use new materials to help power the world with clean energy!

Robot Hands
Ever wonder how engineers build robots that emulate humans? Mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineers work on robots for a wide variety of applications. Come discover the mechanics behind how our joints move and build and operate your own telerobotic finger!

Rock, Paper, Scissors - Code it, Play it, Win it!
Ever wanted to program your own computer or make your own game? We’ll learn to program micro:bit’s to draw pictures in LED’s, register sensor input, and make a Rock, Paper, Scissors game to play against the computer.

Rubber Band Catapults
Learn about the molecular mechanisms of rubber bands to design and build a catapult that efficiently converts elastic potential energy into a projectile’s kinetic energy. We’ll discuss the material properties of rubber bands and the physics of catapults and projectile motion.

Science and SCUBA and seals, oh my!
Come “dive” into physiology with this workshop! We’ll learn about some of the unique adaptations that allow marine mammals stay underwater for long periods, and even use a few hands-on experiments to see which of these adaptations humans have, too.

Singing in the Rain
Too much rain can cause problems for cities, especially flooding, but what if we could capture that stormwater, treat it so it’s safe to drink, and store it for later? Come test materials for cleaning stormwater and learn how environmental engineers make sure your water is safe to drink!

Solving Crimes with Science!
Have you ever wondered how science is used to solve mysteries? Want to try using some of these crime-fighting tools for yourself? Then come to this workshop where we’ll solve a mystery together using real-world forensic science! (:

Spacecraft Structures
Have you ever wondered what it takes to send a rocket to space, or the engineering behind it? In this lesson, step into the shoes of an engineer, learn about critical systems on a spacecraft, and send a rocket into orbit! Do you have what it takes?

Sticky Stretchy Science: Let’s make slime!
Polymers are everywhere: in your toys, water pipes, furniture, and even electronics. Join us in learning about how different household chemicals can be used to make polymers and how you can change their properties to be sticky, stretchy or bouncy. Can you make the strongest slime polymer? The stretchiest? The most colorful? The bounciest? Use your creativity and scientific knowledge to design the best slime formula and get ready to test your final creations!

Surviving the Wild
It’s a dangerous world out there! Learn how animals adapt to their environment by changing their bodies and behavior over time. Get a lesson in natural selection, and then test it out for yourself with an animal of your own creation! Can you survive the wild?

Taking Apart the World Around Us
Do you ever wonder how the everyday objects that surround us got there? Objects as simple as a toaster and as complex as a cell phone involve an incredible amount of creativity to design and build, especially in large quantities. Discover the magic of design and manufacturing with us in this hands-on workshop where we will take apart common manufactured objects and try to understand how they were made.

The living skin of the Earth
The earth beneath your feet is alive! All around the world microorganisms are working together to form the living skin of the Earth called the biological soil crust, or biocrust for short. This workshop will introduce you to and allow you to experiment with pieces of real biocrust. Using different types of biocrusts, you will compare their ability to hold together in water, known as their soil aggregate stability. You will also learn about the incredible effects of low soil aggregate stability, from mudslides to haboobs (dust storms).

The Science and Art of Color
The natural world is filled with color - butterflies and birds,wildflowers, fish and mammals, even some critters that can glow in the dark! All these organisms use color for communication, and we can too! We’ll experiment with different ways that scientists and artists can study color and how we can use color in different ways to tell a story.

Understanding Malaria: from Mummies to Modern Day
You’ve probably heard of malaria, a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people per year, but what is it? Is it a virus? A bacterium? Or neither? Come find out what malaria is, why it’s been infecting humans for thousands of years, and how scientists are trying to eliminate it today. We’ll look at malaria IRL under the microscope, and play some games to demonstrate how malaria spreads.

Unraveling the mysteries that build the human body: DNA
Ever wondered about the building blocks of what keeps human life connected? Come join me to unravel the mysteries the make us who we are. We will be physically extracting DNA from plants and observing it with our own eyes! If you like to use your hands and if you’ve always wondered about what DNA looks like, come join me in this small adventure.

What the Eyes Can’t See: Cells in the Body
We have thousands of cells living in our body that help us survive! In this workshop we will explore cell’s biology, how cells interact with each other, and their primary functions in our bodies!