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Science and Technology Series

The Science and Technology Series is inspired by the daily advances in technology that affect our lives in countless ways. In these 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. Please join us for these unique programs specially arranged for CTY students and their families. Programs are for students in grades 7-10 unless indicated otherwise.

The Day
The typical Science and Technology program runs from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 also includes overnight and extended programs

Dartmouth College • Hanover, NH
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Math is present in our world all the time—in the workplace, in our homes, and in life. When you use a computer, follow a recipe, or decorate a home, you are using math principles. The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth invites you to a day of mathematical exploration during which families will enjoy lectures and participate in workshops led by Dartmouth faculty and graduate students. Areas of discussion may include number theory, differential geometry, combinatorics, mathematical logic, and network theory. Students will learn the benefits of studying mathematics and the variety of career paths it affords. This program will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here

University of California, Berkeley • Berkeley, CA
Biomechanical Engineering in Healthcarebiomechanic
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Biomechanical Engineering applies mechanical engineering principles to improve human healthcare. The work is highly multi-disciplinary in nature, and spans from answering basic science questions to the practical development of translational technologies, all focused on improving treatments, implants, and diagnostics. This workshop will include lectures and lab-based activities centered on current research programs in orthopedic, soft-tissue, and cardiovascular engineering at UC Berkeley. This program will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future • Baltimore, MD
Food Systems and Public Healthfood
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Spend the day at Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum exploring the multifaceted relationships between our food systems and public health. Begin the day with a discussion on food systems, food production, and public health with Dr. Keeve Nachman, director of the Food Production and Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF). CLF faculty and staff members will lead activities to help families learn about our food system. A key component of the day will afford families the opportunity to explore, through hands-on demonstrations, CLF’s Aquaponics Project. This project combines fish farming (aquaculture) with soil-less plant farming (hydroponics). Families will learn about how this experimental and educational project is helping us better understand this sustainable (environmentally, economically, and socially) form of urban agriculture. A guided tour of the Arboretum will be included. This program will begin around 10:00 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. Register now

International Spy Museum • Washington, DC

Spy Tech: Operation Bug in a Booktop secret
Saturday, October 11, 2014 *
You’ve just intercepted an encrypted message that leads to the bookshelves in a local library—this is where the secret meeting will take place. Your mission? Listen in on the meeting without blowing your cover. Your tool of choice? A covert wireless listening device embedded in a book. In this spy tech workshop, participants will make their own Bug in a Book. Using soldering irons, wire cutters, and basic electronics, participants will transform an innocent-looking book into a spy tool. You are perfect for this mission if you like making gadgets, fiddling with electronics, possess a great attention to detail, have a sense of adventure, and are intrigued with the shadow world of spying. Over lunch, Bob Wallace, former head of the CIA Office of Technical Services will deliver a keynote lecture about the role of science and technology in spying. Please note: student to parent ratio for this program is 1:1. For every student that enrolls, only one adult may register. This program will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included. All electronic materials and equipment are included. *Please note, original date of October 18 has been changed to October 11.
Cost: $165 per person. Register now

University of California, San Diego • San Diego, CA
Engineering Applications in Cardiovascular Medicinecardiovascular medicine
Saturday, October 18, 2014
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 will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. Register now

Space Telescope Science Institute • Baltimore, MD
Hubble’s Universe: Discoveries and Imageshubble
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Join CTY families at the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope, for an informative, entertaining, and mind-blowing day of cosmic investigations. Hear about astronomical discoveries from Hubble astrophysicists, examine new worlds within our solar system as well as orbiting distant stars, and contemplate galaxy observations across the universe to the edges of space and time. The Hubble outreach team that has produced over 20 years of amazing discoveries, astounding imagery, and acclaimed educational materials, has crafted a unique suite of universal explorations featuring scientific data, diverse interactive technologies, and Hollywood computer graphics. Join CTY for a program filled with cosmic curiosity and universal wonder! This program will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here

Johns Hopkins University • Baltimore, MD
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Neuroscience is the complex but fascinating study of the nervous system, its structure, and vital connections between the brain and the body. The Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience Program invites you to spend “A Day Inside the Nervous System.” Through hands-on experiments, sheep brain dissections, and eye-opening presentations given by experts in the field, you will have the chance to gain a better understanding of how, why, and what the nervous system does to sustain life in the body and produce thoughts within the brain. You will also work in the state-of-the-art Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, alongside world-renowned Johns Hopkins faculty and some of the brightest undergraduates. Join us for an exciting opportunity to see the nervous system through a neuroscientist’s eye! This program will begin around 9:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included.
Cost: $98 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here

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