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Science and Technology Series

Spring 2017

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.

Upcoming Programs

Genomics, Epigenetics, and Biology

New York University – New York, New York

Saturday, March 25, 2017
This program hosted by NYU’s Department of Biology will focus on two of the department’s core research strengths—developmental biology and genomics. CTY families will meet with scientists and participate in activities ranging from data analysis to hands-on experiments employing standard cell and molecular biology techniques. Participants will also tour the new Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and its state-of-the-art facilities. In workshops they will use the CRISPR/Cas9 to edit genomes and use fluorescence microscopy to visualize chromatin dynamics. Join CTY families and discover cutting-edge research techniques and topics in the fields of development and genomics. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Security and Counterterrorism

University of Massachusetts, Lowell:
Center for Terrorism and Security Studies – Lowell, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 8, 2017
This program focuses on issues of working in security and counterterrorism, offering participants a glimpse into how—under high levels of uncertainty and high-stakes complexity—people work to counter the threat of terrorism and protect the public. Through a series of lectures and immersive simulations, students will learn about the process of counterterrorism and the issues that accompany countering a continually adapting threat. Leading academics at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies will discuss issues including counterterrorism, radicalization, innovation, and creativity in terrorist organizations. Finally, students will learn about high-stakes decision-making in counterterrorism operations and the ways in which these decisions can, and have, gone wrong. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Engineering in Medicine

Stanford University – Stanford, California

Saturday, April 22, 2017
This workshop will educate CTY families on the role of engineering in medicine, with a focus on cardiovascular disease and devices. Participants will gain hands-on research experience by rotating through workshops related to computational modeling, medical device design, fluid dynamics, and cardiovascular medicine. Current Stanford graduate students will educate families about educational and career pathways in biomedical engineering, including medicine, bio-computing, and medical device development. This program will begin around 8 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Mathematics

Dartmouth College – Hanover, New Hampshire

Saturday, May 6, 2017
This day of mathematical exploration will include lectures and workshops led by Dartmouth mathematics department faculty and graduate students. Areas of discussion may include number theory, differential geometry, combinatorics, mathematical logic, and network theory. Participants will learn the benefits of studying mathematics and the many different career paths it can facilitate. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, Register now

Mechanics in Big, Small, and Living Things

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, June 4, 2017
In the physical world, the role of mechanics is golden. Mechanics govern how matter interacts through forces. The knowledge of mechanics benefits society in many ways, from helping us design better materials for everyday use to understanding how cells grow and divide. By studying how mechanics work in living organisms, engineers are building more efficient, flexible, and precise robots. Through laboratory demonstration and interaction with scientists who study mechanical phenomena, participants will discover how the many fascinating facets of mechanics are used to make innovative tools. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Biomedicine

The National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health
– Bethesda, Maryland

Monday, June 26, 2017
Join us at the nation’s medical research agency for a day of scientific inquiry designed exclusively for CTY families. Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute, this program will feature lectures from leading experts in genetics, bioinformatics and biomedical research. Students will participate in hands-on activities and parents will tour the National History of Medicine Library. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, Register now

Mathematics

Rutgers University – Piscataway, New Jersey

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Mathematics is an amazing and beautiful intellectual creation, one of the human race’s deepest endeavors. The world around us, and the future world we are creating, is woven through with mathematics—from the symmetry groups of Navajo weavings, to the airflow around a flapping bird’s wing, to the security of global computer networks. The Mathematics Department at Rutgers invites you to a day of mathematical exploration during which families will enjoy lectures and participate in workshops led by Rutgers faculty and graduate students. Participants will learn about what it is like to major in math and the opportunities afforded by a degree in mathematics. Join us for an exciting day of mathematical enrichment! This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, Register now

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