EYH Wichita State University
November 7, 2015
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
1. Design Your Own Video Game! (Psychology)
Dr. Barbara Chaparro, WSU Software Usability Research Lab
Do you love playing video games? Join us to learn new ways you can play a game using some of the latest technology and different input methods (e.g., using your eyes or your hands to control the game). You will also have a chance to design your very own video game!
2. Biomechanics of Joints (Bio Engineering)
Society of Women Engineers
Build a mechanical arm using wood, cardboard, chopsticks, string and more. In addition, build a small pneumatic actuator that you can take home. Biomechanics and actuation will be discussed.
3. Infectious Outbreak-The Unseen Dangers! (Epidemiology)
Maria Martino & Fawn Beckman, WSU Biological Sciences Dept.
Germs are on the loose in Wichita - and the numbers are growing! You have been assigned as the lead epidemiologist and must determine what is the cause of the outbreak, how it is spreading, how many people have been affected and how to stop it before everyone becomes infected!
4. Science Sleuths (Forensic Science)
Jill Fisher, WSU Fairmount Center
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."
5. It's Sedimentary, My Dear Watson (Geology)
Angela Forrest, WSU Geology Department
Prepare to get your hands dirty as you step into the role of a field geologist in Kansas! In this session, you will learn how to identify the rocks and minerals (and even a few fossils) that you may find in Kansas using all five senses and then use that knowledge to make some hypotheses about the geologic history of our state.
6. Your DNA in a Bottle (Molecular Biology)
Jennifer Ellie, WSU Biological Sciences Dept.
You will isolate DNA from your own cheek cells using salt, household detergents and rubbing alcohol. DNA is then precipitated and transferred to a small vial threaded with a cord and can be worn as a necklace.
7. Going, Going, Gone: The Art of the Auction (Math)
Dr. Leah Barnhard, WSU Dept.of Economics
Students will participate in a class activity in which they will have the opportunity to bid on age appropriate items, form a business and a bank. Following the auction and market activity, the students will calculate profit/loss, inflation/deflation, cost of borrowing (interest) and GDP. Money used for this project is not legal tender.
8. Bug Buddies and Bug Buffets (Entomology)
Dr. Mary Liz Jameson, WSU Biological Sciences Dept.
Cuddle up with caterpillars, pose with preying mantises, and sing along with insect songsters. Insects and arthropods account for over 80% of animal species, live on every continent, and eat everything from fungus to sewage and from blood to green leaves! Learn about insect adaptations and defenses, and then conduct an experiment at the bug buffet.
9. Feathered Frenzy (Ornithology)
Rachel Roth, Great Plains Nature Center
Birds are everywhere, and their freedom to fly makes them bold subjects that anyone can study! But flight also means birds move in enormous scales, crossing borders and continents like clockwork. How do they navigate? What triggers their movement? We’ll meet a local bird that migrates and learn how and why birds make their migrations. We’ll also investigate timing and other factors by exploring real data and discuss what those movements can tell us about our changing climate. Students will also learn how to contribute to this field at home as citizen scientists!
10. Catapult Challenge (Physics)
WSU Society of Women Engineers
The students will be exposed to the engineering design process. They will have the opportunity to design their own catapult following the design process. The students will then participate in a competition to see who's catapult works the best. There will also be a prize for the most innovative design.
11. Science Challenges Around the House (STEM)
WSU Pre-Service Science Teachers
Science is all around us! Come participate in assorted challenge activities where you apply and practice skills in science, engineering, and more! Newspapers, pencils, gummy worms, and such are all you need to investigate and solve problems. Prizes!
12. Create With Code (Computer Science)
Lynn Miskell, NetApp & Women Who Code
A computer doesn't know what to do unless a person tells it, and the way we tell a computer what to do is with code, or programming. In this activity, students will work in the computer lab and build an animation with code. We will use the Scratch visual programming language to complete a series of challenges and see what we can create with code!
13. Fire and Ice (Chemistry)
WSU Chemistry Club
A hands-on exploration of physical and chemical changes. Come ready for exciting chemical reactions, colorful combustion, and fabulous phase changes.
14. Engineer a Coaster (Engineering)
WSU College of Engineering
Do you like going to amusement parks? Have you ever been on a roller coaster? Be an engineer for the day and design and build your own roller coaster.
15. Pain, Pain, Go Away (Medicinal Chemistry)
Janet De Los Reyes, Hospira—A Pfizer Company
Don’t you just hate it when the toothache strikes or you get a bad case of headache after a long night of studying for an exam? You want the pain to go away, and fast! But which pill should you take? In this session, you will compare how fast different forms of the pain medicine, Ibuprofen, dissolve in stomach acid. Will it take longer for the tablet to dissolve than a liquid-gel? Or should you just take a caplet for faster relief?
16. Party In My Tummy (Biochem)
Champika Jayasinghe, Hospira—A Pfizer Company
You ate one hotdog too many at Stacey’s birthday party and your tummy is having a party of its own. What is this fizzy liquid that Mom is making you drink? Maybe you’d rather chew on that chalky stuff instead? This part of the workshop will show you how antacids work to help treat heartburn and indigestion. You may have had more hotdogs than you should have, but you haven’t sampled the birthday cake yet!
17. OMG (Oh My Gas!) (Chemistry)
Inoka Hewawitharana, Hospira—A Pfizer Company
Ever wonder why some foods make you feel more bloated than others? It’s really unfair, because you love broccoli more than anything! In this session, you will find out how some foods such as beans, cabbage, and broccoli produce intestinal gas that makes you uncomfortable or cause rather embarrassing results. You will also learn about a supplement that you can take to minimize the effects of these foods in your body. More broccoli, please!
18. Exploring the Thunderstorm (Meteorology)
Amber McGinnis and Sarah Glenn, AccuWeather
We will be taking a closer look into the making of thunderstorms through hands on experiments by creating convection, clouds, rain, lightning and tornadoes.
|9:15 am||Science Challenges around the House||Danny Bergman|
|9:15 am||Feathered Frenzy||Rachel Roth|
|9:15 am||Exploring the Thunderstorm||Amber McGinnis|
|9:15 am||Design Your Own Video Game!||Barbara Chaparro|
|9:15 am||Hospira Chemistry Session||Inoka Hewawitharana|
|9:15 am||Blowing Up Balloons||Shardae Dickgrafe|
|9:15 am||Fire and Ice||Becki Taylor|
Sample adult workshops
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. Aaron Hamilton, Associate Director, WSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions will cover such topics as financing college, college expectations related to preparation during MS and HS and the process of applying to colleges (including ACT taking, test prep, college visits, application essays, scholarships, etc.). Aaron and WSU student ambassadors will also be on hand to answer any questions parents may have.
|9:15 am||College Prep for Parents||Aaron Hamilton|