Girls in STEM Workshops for 2017

The following workshops are going to be offered for the 2017 Girls in STEM program.

Astronomy & Astrophysics presents: Finding Exoplanets

Extrasolar planets (exoplanets) are planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. To date, over 2000 alien planets have been confirmed orbiting other stars! The method that astronomers detected the most exoplanets is the transit method. When a planet passes between the observer and a star, it blocks a small amount of the star’s light, which causes a dip in the amount of light we receive from the star. In this workshops, you will learn how telescopes such as Kepler use the transit method to detect exoplanets.

hEr VOLUTION presents: The Marshmallow Challenge

The task is simple: in 35 to 40 minutes, teams must build the tallest free-standing structure out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow needs to be on top. Surprising lessons emerge when you compare teams’ performance. Who tends to do the worst? Why? Who tends to do the best? Why? What improves performance? What kills it?

Capital One presents: Build Your Own Android App

This workshop will focus on how to write programs to create a mobile app. You will be using App Inventor, originally created by Google and now taken over by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), one of the USA’s leading universities. App Inventor is a powerful software development package that lets you create apps for Android smartphones and tablets.

Biomedical Engineering presents: Engineering Design

Bioengineering is a study that looks to solve medical problems with engineering tools. A large branch of bioengineering is to design and build prosthetics in order to allow rehabilitation of patients. Through this interactive workshop, we will learn about the engineering behind prosthetics and design our own as well.

Let's Talk Science presents: Crime Lab

Armed with a list of suspects and clues collected from the scene of the crime, students become forensic scientists trying to solve a mystery. Techniques used include chromatography, fingerprinting, writing analysis, and more!

Physics presents: The Physics of Light and Optics

Have you ever wondered how a magnifying glass works? Or why people need eye-glasses? In this workshop we will investigate and discover the world of light, optics, and lenses. Our focus is to understand the strange behaviour of light as it passes through different objects - including bending, spreading out, and focusing into a point. During our scientific investigation, we will watch glass disappear in oil and create white light from coloured light in our journey of understanding what we see and how we see.

Keynote Presentation

Cosmology: asking the who, what and why questions of the universe and why it needs YOU!

Speaker: Renee Hlozek

I'll introduce the study of cosmology, which is the study of how the universe started, what it is made of and where it is going. Cosmology allows us to look into the universe in the past and also it teaches us about our cosmic future. I'll also discuss the diversity of the STEM disciplines in general and how we can shape our understanding of who gets to be a scientist better. In order to come up with new challenges to age-old questions, STEM needs diversity on the axes of race, ethinicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical and neurological ability. We'll talk about ways we can make sure we build that diversity in from the beginning.

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