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Science and Technology Series

In our Science and Technology programs, students and parents explore aspects of technology and science through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on workshops led by pioneering scientists, mathematicians, and academic researchers. Programs are for students in grades 7-10 unless otherwise indicated.

The Day
The typical Science and Technology program runs from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes specially designed workshops and presentations in which scientists share their research and experience. For part of the day, adults may explore the theme of the program in separate, concurrent sessions specifically designed for CTY parents. The series includes overnight and extended programs.


The Bio-Nano Convergence

University of California, Riverside  Riverside, Calif.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Research and development efforts combining biology and nanotechnology have yielded a growing number of products we use in our daily lives. Noteworthy examples include antimicrobial clothing, air-purification systems, and nanoparticle-based contrast agents for medical imaging. Join CTY at The Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside for a day of exploring cutting-edge research in this field as it applies to medicine, energy, electronics, and the environment, and how biology is providing new means for addressing challenges in the field of nanotechnology. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included. 

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Applied Physics 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory • Laurel, Md.   
Saturday, September 17, 2016 

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at Johns Hopkins University has provided critical contributions to technology and systems engineering and integration for more than 70 years. APL works closely with the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, NSA, NASA, and more to provide solutions to scientific and national security challenges. Join CTY at the APL campus for a research symposium where participants will engage with APL scientists and engineers, and learn about APL’s internship opportunities. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Probing the Microscopic World with Holographic Microscopy 

New York University • New York, N.Y.  
Saturday, September 24, 2016 

An in-line holographic microscope uses laser illumination and a video camera to record holograms of microscopic objects ranging from nanoparticles to biological cells. Using techniques from computer vision to analyze the stream of holograms yields astonishingly precise information about the positions and properties of the individual particles. Workshop participants will learn about holograms and computational holography, the high-power techniques of computer vision that can be implemented on a laptop, and using precision measurements with home-made microscopes. Then they will build their own holographic microscopes and use them to perform experiments on bacteria, iridescent colloidal crystals, and natural colloidal dispersions. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. CLOSED. To be added to the wait list, click here.


Engineering Applications in Cardiovascular Medicine

University of California, San Diego • San Diego, Calif.
Saturday, October 1, 2016  

Life-saving medical devices such as stents and heart pumps are the result of interdisciplinary research in engineering and medicine. This program will focus on a wide variety of mechanical and computational applications in cardiovascular medicine, including designing medical devices, determining patient risk for heart attack and stroke, surgical planning, and personalized medicine for children and adults. The day will include lectures, hands-on lab activities, and demonstrations led by faculty and graduate students who are leading current research in engineering solutions for cardiovascular diseases. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Marine Sciences

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Stony Brook University • Stony Brook, N.Y.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 

Families will learn how scientists study the sea and the atmosphere by sampling water quality and surveying marine life from a ship; learning about electronic instrumentation used in sensing the ocean; and visiting a working research laboratory and a New England-type salt marsh within a nature preserve. The program will conclude with a discussion of what students can do to further explore the marine sciences as a possible field of study. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $125 per person. Register now 


Neuroscience

Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, Md.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 

Neuroscience is the complex but fascinating study of the nervous system, its structure, and vital connections between the body and the brain. The Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience Program invites you to spend “A Day Inside the Nervous System” with hands-on experiments, a sheep-brain dissection, and eye-opening presentations from experts in the field. You will work in the state-of-the-art Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory to gain a better understanding of how, why, and what the nervous system does to sustain life in the body and produce thoughts. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now 


Nanotechnology

University of California, San Diego • San Diego, Calif. 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 

Join CTY at the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) to discover the nano world and learn about nanotechnology’s applications in chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering. Participants will engage in hands-on activities, tour UC San Diego’s clean room, and interact with UC San Diego researchers to learn the latest in innovative nano research and the roles nanotechnology plays in our daily lives. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now 


Electromagnetism

Princeton University • Princeton, N.J. 
Saturday, October 15, 2016 

One of the most important—but lesser-known—American scientists, Joseph Henry, was a physics professor at Princeton in the 1830s. His contributions to the science and application of electromagnetism earned him immortality with the ‘henry,’ the SI unit of electrical inductance. Henry’s electromagnetism research included producing movement using a rocking-beam electromagnetic motor, and inventing the electromagnetic transformer we know today. Applications of electricity for information networks, power networks, and energy conversion all derive from this remarkable individual. During this program we will discuss Henry’s contributions to science and explore his work through several hands-on electricity and magnetism workshops. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. CLOSED. To be added to the wait list, click here.


Public Health

Stevens Institute of Technology • Hoboken, N.J. 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 

Ebola. TB. Flu. Heart Disease. Cancer. Dengue. Zika. Depression. The world faces many health challenges in the 21st century as scientists, engineers, and medical professionals work together to try to slow down the progression of disease. The Science & Technology Studies Program at Stevens Institute of Technology invites you to experience what it’s like to work on the front lines of public health. Track an infectious disease to its source as a field epidemiologist, calm the public’s nerves as a communications officer during a dangerous outbreak, and urge the World Health Organization to distribute vaccines during a crisis. This program will look at the emerging field of “global” public health through the lenses of science, technology, anthropology, epidemiology, humanitarianism, and history. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now 


Security and Counterterrorism

University of Massachusetts, Lowell: Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell • Lowell, Mass. 
Saturday, October 29, 2016 

Learn what it’s like to be responsible for countering the threat of terrorism and protecting the public every day through this series of lectures and hands-on immersive simulations. Leading experts at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies will lead lectures on radicalization, innovation, and ingenuity in terrorist organizations, and efforts to curb their plans of attack. Finally, students will learn about high-stakes decision-making in counterterrorism operations and the ways in which these decisions have gone wrong. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now 


Mathematics

Cornell University • Ithaca, N.Y. 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 

CTY and the Mathematics Department at Cornell University invite you to explore math through a series of lectures and hands-on activities. Tara Holm, who recently chaired the American Mathematical Society's Committee on Education, will deliver the keynote address on the topology of trousers. In her talk, she will demonstrate how to turn her trousers inside out without taking them off. Breakout sessions will give participants hands-on experiences to explore various mathematical ideas by playing games and solving puzzles. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now  


Security and Counterterrorism 

University of Maryland: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism • College Park, Md.  
Saturday, November 5, 2016 

This program will include lectures and discussions that focus on the processes by which individuals choose to join terrorist groups; radicalization; and prevention and intervention strategies.  Families will also engage in interactive activities designed to expose them to the issues and skills at the heart of counterterrorism work, and will work together to develop their own counterterrorism-program ideas. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now 


Mathematics

Brown University • Providence, R.I. 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 

Brown University invites you to a day of exploration of mathematical fields including combinatorics, cryptography, dynamical systems, number theory, probability, statistics, topology and applications in biology and neuroscience. You will also learn about the benefits of studying mathematics and the range of careers that mathematicians pursue. Discover how mathematics builds theoretical foundations to impact our lives. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.  

Cost: $115 per person. Register now