EYH Wichita State University

EYH Wichita State University

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November 7, 2015

8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Wichita State University, CAC Theater 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS 67260

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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.
Find out more about the National Expanding Your Horizons Organization by going to the National EYH Website and watch a video of girls enjoying an EYH event.

Conference location

Wichita State University, CAC Theater 1845 Fairmount St. Wichita, KS 67260

Sample student workshops

Student Sessions (Each student will attend three)

1. Digging up the Aztec Past (anthropology)
Dr. Lisa Overholtzer, WSU Anthropology Dept.
Participate in a mock excavation where you will learn about stratigraphy and "excavate" ancient artifacts (Aztec ceramic figurines), and then analyze the artifacts we found.

2. Roller Coasters! (engineering)
Ana Lazarin, Director of Programs to Broaden Participation in 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!

3. Your DNA in a Bottle (molecular biology)
Isabel Hendry & 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.

4. Fire and Ice (chemistry)
WSU American Chemical Society Student Chapter
A hands-on exploration of physical and chemical changes. Come ready for exciting chemical reactions, colorful combustion, and fabulous phase changes.

5. Infectious Outbreak-The Unseen Dangers! (microbiology)
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!

6. Taking Flight with EYH (engineering)
LaDell Papacek, Spirit AeroSystems & Society for Women Engineers
We live in the Air Capital of the United States, so come learn how to build the best airplanes from the best aerospace engineers in the nation.

7. Gaming of the Future (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 (e.g., Google Glass) and different input methods (e.g., using your eyes or your hands to control the game). You will also learn how you can design your very own video game!

8. Make It Rain! (meteorology)
Kate Danna, AccuWeather
"What channel are you on?" is always the first question I get asked when I tell somebody I'm a meteorologist. Come find out what other opportunities there are in the meteorology field, and learn cloud physics as we build a rainstorm and make some fog!

9. 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."

10. Critter Encounters (entomology)
Dr. Mary Liz Jameson, WSU Biological Sciences Dept.
Centipedes, scorpions, and bugs, Oh MY! Did you know that arthropods account for over 80% of animal species? Experience the "many footed" critters in an entirely new way, and then see if you are smarter than the National Center for Biotechnology Information in an identification duel!

11. Going, Going, Gone: The Art of the Auction (business)
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.

12. Disease Detectives at the Picnic (epidemiology)
Chris Steward, MPH, Sedgwick County Health Dept.
A day after attending a picnic in Wichita with fellow Disease Detectives, members of the group became ill. What made them sick? Will the illness spread? Everyone will play a role as we create human and paper graphs to determine the cause of this outbreak.

13. Biofuels
Spring Brayboy, Abengoa Bioenergy Company Lab Manager

14. Math
Dr. Mara Alagic, WSU Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction

Time Title Leader
9:15 am Disease Detectives at the Picnic Chris Steward
9:15 am The Art of Auction Leah Barnhard
9:15 am Science Sleuths Jill Fisher
9:15 am Taking Flight with EYH LaDell Papacek
9:15 am Critter Encounters Mary Liz Jameson
9:15 am Make it Rain! Kate Danna
9:15 am Gaming of the Future Barbara Chaparro

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.

Time Title Leader
9:15 am College Prep for Parents Aaron Hamilton

Keynote speaker

Sheryl Ann Tucker is the associate provost for graduate education and dean of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Graduate College, serving nearly 5,000 graduate students in over 100 graduate programs across three campuses. In addition, she currently serves as the Interim Vice President for Research. As a scientist, she is a professor of chemistry and most recently was a program director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a designated Presidential Priority, at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining OSU, she spent her academic career at the University of Missouri, where she was associate dean for academic affairs in the Graduate School and professor of chemistry.

Tucker received her Ph.D. in chemistry from University of North Texas and was a postdoctoral research associate in the department of chemistry at Duke University. As a molecular spectroscopist with interest in chemical separations, she has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and garnered significant funding from federal and foundation sources in support of this work.

Through implementation of creative and original activities, Dr. Tucker has worked to effectively broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in science across all age levels. In recognition of her contributions, she has been honored by the White House, receiving a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. With her long-held beliefs about the pivotal role of education plays in society and her passionate commitment to mentoring as a means to improve research and education in the Nation, she continues to improve access to and participation in higher education in her present appointments.