Expanding Your Horizons Workshop

October 28, 2017
Wichita State University
CAC Theater

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a half day event primarily for girls in middle school. This fourth annual half-day event will include hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Attendees 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 consider STEM carers. Find out more about the National Expanding Your Horizons Organization at www.expandingyourhorizons.org


Saturday, October 28, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 Registration
(CAC Theater)

8:30 - 9:00 Welcome/Keynote Speaker

9:15 - 10:15 Parents’ Session
(CAC Theater)

9:15 - 10:00 Workshop Session #1

10:15 - 11:00 Workshop Session #2

11:15 - 12:00 Workshop Session #3

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
(Shocker Hall)

1:00 - 1:30 Closing Ceremony
(CAC Theater)

Workshop Descriptions

Parent Sessions

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.

Student Sessions

1. Infectious Outbreak
Germs are on the loose in Wichita, and the numbers are growing! As lead epidemiologist, you must determine how the disease is spreading, how many people have been infected, and how to stop the outbreak in its tracks.

2. 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."

3. DNA Necklace
Extract DNA from Strawberry and make a DNA necklace

4. 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.

5. Don’t Lick the Spoon
A common place where you can observe a lot of chemistry in action is the kitchen. Cooking, baking, and even cleaning or washing involve some type of chemical reaction. Your kitchen is practically a chemistry laboratory! In this workshop you will see how chemistry is at work in some of what is going on in your own kitchen. Prepare to learn and have fun!

6. Strange and Spooky World of Weather
Enter the wizarding world of weather with these meteorology “witches” from AccuWeather! Learn how to conjure different weather phenomena in the laboratory using the ingredients of temperature, moisture, and pressure. Cast your own spell to put an egg in a bottle, have a hair-raising time exploring lightning, and create a potion that can crush the strongest aluminum can!

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. Community Immunity
Our immune system is designed to protect us from any potential pathogen that may invade our bodies. Learn about the two major arms of our immune system: innate immunity and adaptive immunity by participating in two interactive games that demonstrate how antibiotic resistant bacteria come into existence and how vaccines work.

10. Priorities and Pipelines
Plan a pipeline while minimizing it's impact on the environment.

11. Rube Goldberg Design Challenge
Girls working in groups of 3 will be provided kits of assorted materials and challenged to design and build a contraption that involves energy transfers and simple machines.

12. It’s Sedimentary, My Dear WuShock
Have you ever wondered what that weird shiny silver thing is in your grandma's rock garden? Are you curious as to whether that "priceless diamond" ring you got from your great aunt for your birthday really is a diamond? This session will explore the basics of rock, mineral, and fossil identification, using lab and field testing methods on a variety of hand samples. Come prepared to get your hands dirty!

13. 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!

14. Paper Rockets
Patterns will be given to the girls to cut out and tape together; it makes a tube, a cone, and fins. After taping it together (and decorating it), they choose a PVC launcher connected to a bike pump. Volunteers will pump up the bike pump to create pressure. Once the paper rocket is placed on the launcher, the volunteer will release the valve and shoot the rocket. The goal is to make a rocket with a good seal between the cone and tube. They can make adjustments to their rocket if time permits. The rocket that reaches the farthest distance wins.

15. Penny Bridges
Teams will be given 1 piece of paper & 1 piece of 3" long tape to make a bridge spanning a 9.5 inch gap. Pennies will be added by volunteers one at a time until the bridge collapses. The team that can hold the most pennies wins.

16. Pollinator Pandemonium
Many insects, birds, and bats help pollinate flowers, but how do they know which ones to visit? In this activity you’ll learn how flower color, shape, and scent helps plants attract certain pollinators. Then you’ll take on the role of a pollinator yourself, racing against the clock to visit the correct flowers and get your “nectar” reward. Bring your gym shoes and see if you have what it takes to be a butterfly, bat, bee, or hummingbird!

17. How do Molecules Move
Physicist Richard Feynman said that "everything that is living can be understood in terms of the jiggling and wiggling of atoms". In this workshop, we will observe the “jiggling and wiggling" using our eyes and our nose, and look at computer simulations of molecules in motion.

18. Lightning Machine and Cloud Chamber
Using a Van Degraaf Machine, we are able to show how electricity is transferred by building up a small amount of static electricity. The Cloud Chamber is a small scale particle detector that we are able to view particles decaying from radioactive material or even cosmic rays falling to the Earth.

19. Classified Turtle Information: How special features help identify wildlife
Classification is the process of organizing something according to shared qualities or characteristics. What is a Squealer and what does it have to do with animal classification? Get to know live turtles and use your new classification skills to help find their families.