November 5, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wichita State University, CAC Theater 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS 67260
About the conference
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for girls in middle school. This day-long event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields. Our ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.
Wichita State University, CAC Theater 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS 67260
Sample student workshops
Below are the workshop sessions that will be offered at EYH Wichita:
1. It is Rocket Science!
Participants will discuss current efforts for the next unmanned mission to Mars and future plans for sending humans to Mars. They will then build and launch a paper rocket. NASA is looking for astronauts, do you have what it takes? Come to this session and find out.
2. Going, Going, Gone: the Art of the Auction
Experience a real auction, complete with "fake" money and real products to take home. We will add, subtract, multiply and divide the way to making a profit!
3. Follow the Water Drop: From Poo to Pond
You use about 90 gallons of water everyday as you shower, brush, wash and flush. Since the Earth has the same amount of water today as it did thousands of years ago and we cannot make new water, how does the water get cleaned up so that it can be put back in to the water cycle? Follow the path of a water drop from the flush to the river. And, learn about how you can be an eco-hero in your community by working in the water industry. Hydrate your career – Work in Water!
4. Infectious Outbreak
"Germs are on the loose in Wichita, and the numbers are growing! You have been assigned as the lead epidemiologist and must determine how the disease is spreading, how many people have been affected, and how to stop it before everyone becomes infected!"
5. Gumdrop Bridges
This is a fun activity for kids to show their creativity and motor skills by building structures such as bridges.Kids will explore how different shapes and materials work in combination to make solid structures.There are going to be two challenges, one will be to build the tallest tower given limited supplies and the second challenge is to build a bridge to help the Lego man cross."
6. Science Sleuths
What is a key trait that scientists have in common? The power of observation! Come test your eyes and mind in solving a mystery using Forensic Science, which will leave you claiming that it's all "elementary, my dear Watson."
7. DNA in a Bottle
Using basic household chemicals such as table salt and detergent, you will isolate and precipitate DNA from your own cheek cells thereby making it visible to the naked eye. We will preserve your DNA in alcohol, place it in a clear vial, and make your very own DNA necklace for the world to see!
8. Gaming of the Future
Learn about gaming technology of the future and how to measure game satisfaction. Mobile devices, immersive headsets, and eye tracking while gaming featured!
9. Fire & Ice
We will be showing the difference from physical and chemicals changes by performing several experiments such as; liquid nitrogen with flowers and raquette ball and marshmallows, elephant toothpaste, methane bubbles ( only show with one of us doing it), burning multi colored flames, and diet coke & mentos.
10. Edible Aquifer
Water is an essential resource that is used by every person, community and industry in the world, but there is a limited supply of water on earth. It is very important that we know the source of our drinking water, and identify and eliminate as many water pollutants as possible from the local environment.
Come learn about water aquifers and pollution by creating your very own aquifer using pudding, chocolate syrup, milk, and cereal.
11. Code, Cartoons and Cats (Computer Science)
If you like to create beautiful things, you can do that with code. If you like to solve interesting problems, you can do that with code. In this workshop, students will be introduced to the many applications of computer programming, or coding, and build an animation using the Scratch visual programming language. Come and create with code!
12. Exploring Extreme Weather
Learn about the various elements that lead to the development of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards. Hands-on activities will demonstrate how changes in temperature and pressure work together to create these weather phenomena. Create lightning, make your own cloud, and watch frost form before your eyes in this wild weather workshop. Also learn about ways to help keep your family safe when extreme weather events strike.
13. The Secret Lives of Flowers
You probably love flowers, but did you ever wonder what makes them look and smell so beautiful? You'll learn the secrets of flower pigments and scents in this hands-on experience. And if you're lucky you just might get to see some flowers in places you never expected!
14. Cheesy Chemistry
Making cheese is fast, easy and full of science. You will learn about the sources of proteins and their uses in the food industry by using three different techniques to extract protein from milk. You may even be able to taste your results.
15. DNA Dynasty
Are there foods you like that your siblings hate? It's possible that your DNA is different because 1/2 of your DNA is from your mother and the other 1/2 is from your father. It's a lot more complicated than that, but the story begins there.
How will scientists use these differences to personalize the medicine you take? Learn about genes and the reality of how medicine will change in the future.
Learn about the life and death of stars, what their colors tell us, and make an origami star (or a cluster of them!) to take home!
17. Kitchen Chemistry
Cooking may be the oldest and most widespread application of chemistry and recipes may be the oldest practical result of chemical research. We shall do some cooking experiments to illustrate some chemical principles.
|9:15 am||Exploring Extreme Weather||Sarah Glenn/Elizabeth Schenk, Storm Warning Meteorologists|
|9:15 am||Code, Cartoons and Cats (Computer Science)||Lynn Miskell|
|9:15 am||Edible Aquifer||WATER Center|
|9:15 am||DNA Dynasty||Maria Martino|
|9:15 am||Fire & Ice||American Chemical Society|
|9:15 am||Cheesy Chemistry||Moriah Beck|
|9:15 am||Gaming of the Future||Software Usability Research Lab|
Parents are encouraged to attend the Welcome Session from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and stay for an informational session from 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Olivia Pavco-Giaccia is an award-winning children’s book author whose focus on the synergies between science, entrepreneurship, and girl-centric activism is impacting both local and national dialogs. In addition to finishing her degree in Cognitive Science from Yale University, she is the founder and CEO of the social venture, LabCandy, whose mission is to focus young kids’ (especially girls’) interest in STEM. LabCandy’s products are now enjoyed by kids around the world. Named as a national innovator for positive change by NationSwell, Olivia’s first book “Ava & The Copper Key” was awarded a Gold Medal in Moonbeam’s Children’s Book Awards. She was selected as one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women of 2015, along with being tapped as one of Her Campus’s “22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women.” She has collaborated with a variety of STEM-focused initiatives including Imagine magazine and the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Olivia’s infectious enthusiasm for this work has led to a number of speaking opportunities and community leadership roles,
including participation in the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC.