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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.
 


Nanomaterials
University of Connecticut  Storrs, CT
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Nanomaterials play an essential role in the technology of microelectronics, implantable biomedical devices, catalysts, and renewable energy. The University of Connecticut’s Chemistry Department, Chemical Engineering Department, and Institute of Materials Science invite you to learn about how nanomaterials—such as quantum dots, nanoparticles, protein complexes, grapheme, and carbon nanotubes—are made, characterized, and processed. Families will learn about fundamental concepts in nanoscience and nanotechnology through a combination of lively talks and hands-on activities in a state-of-the-art facility. Participants will make their own gold nanoparticles and enzyme assemblies, examine the physical properties of nanostructures using microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, use solvent exfoliation to obtain pristine grapheme sheets, and print carbon nanotubes into 3-D structures that you can take home. UConn faculty and graduate students will demonstrate aspects of their latest research projects and talk about what it is like to be a scientific researcher. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Engineering Next Generation Materials
University of California, Santa Barbara  Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Advances in materials discovery drive both technological and scientific innovation, and continually prove transformational, not only in addressing immediate societal needs, but also in challenging fundamental science in fields spanning from biology to chemistry to physics. The University of California at Santa Barbara invites you to join us for a day of exploring the frontiers of materials discovery and learning how the next generation of materials promises to impact science and society. An interdisciplinary program of speakers and hands-on activities will expose students to modern methods of materials discovery, synthesis, and techniques for exploring their properties. Topics may range from exploring how enhanced functionality is designed into new materials to showing how artificial structures can impart new functionality into old compounds. CTY families will also learn about the paths to studying and working in the interdisciplinary field of modern materials science. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Genomics, Epigenetics, and Biology
New York University  New York, NY
Saturday, March 26, 2016

This program, hosted by New York University’s Department of Biology, will focus on the department’s core research strengths, epigenetics and genomics. Families will meet with scientists and participate in diverse activities ranging from data analysis to hands-on experiments employing standard cell- and molecular-biology techniques. In workshops, participants will use computer modeling to predict protein and nucleosome structures, and will visualize chromatin dynamics using fluorescence microscopy. Participants will tour the new Center for Genomics and Systems Biology and its state-of-the-art facilities on NYU’s campus. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Game Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Cambridge, MA
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Everyone loves family game night. But do we ever really think about which games people like to play and why? What makes a game engaging? How do games progress from interesting ideas to finished products through the design, development, and distribution processes? Come play with MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, Education Arcade, and Game Lab students and faculty as they lead discussion, game play, and breakout sessions focused on game mechanics, paper and digital prototyping, and games for learning. They will also discuss the varied disciplines that contribute to the ever growing game industry. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Challenges in 21st Century Robotics
Tufts University  Medford, MA
Saturday, April 2, 2016

The field of robotics has spread across many academic programs and departments, especially within the field of engineering. This workshop will explore the challenges facing modern robotics, from the perspective of electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, and applied mathematicians. Participants will tour the university’s brand-new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex, which hosts electrical and mechanical engineering robotics labs. The workshop will include demonstrations of state-of-the-art robotics research. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and XXX p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Business Entrepreneurship
The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 9, 2016

This workshop, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, will describe Carey’s unique approach to developing business leaders while providing hands-on practice in bringing a business to life. Participants will hear from experts at Carey in four key areas that provide a foundation for entrepreneurship: communication, finance, marketing, and leadership. Using what they’ve learned, CTY families will then spend the afternoon working in teams to develop a new business idea and pitch it before a panel of judges. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Role of Engineering in 21st Century Healthcare
Rutgers University  Piscataway, NJ
Saturday, April 16, 2016

In this program, Rutgers University invites you to witness some of the exciting changes coming to the field of medical science as a result of ongoing efforts in electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering. Participants in this program will interact with some of the leading researchers at the intersection of engineering and healthcare, and will also get to know the workings of some of the devices that will play major roles in the delivery of 21st century healthcare. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Materials Discovery in Engineering and Science
University of California  Irvine, CA
Saturday, April 23, 2016

New discoveries in the interdisciplinary field of materials science have enabled scientific advances thought to be impossible only a few short years ago. The University of California, Irvine and CTY invite you to a day of materials exploration during which families will enjoy lectures, tours of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and workshops led by UC Irvine faculty and students. Areas of discussion include biomimetic materials, nanomaterials for energy applications, modeling and simulation of self-assembly, micro-architectured materials, antibacterial surface structures, nanoscale metallurgy, microfluidic films, and carbon-based nanotechnology. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Mathematical Exploration
Dartmouth College  Hanover, NH
Saturday, April 30, 2016

The mathematics department at Dartmouth invites you to a day of mathematical exploration during which CTY families will participate in lectures and 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 careers it can offer. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Advanced Personalized Learning
Drexel University  Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spend a day learning more about personalized learning, one of the 14 National Science Foundation Grand Challenges. Personalized learning is a form of instruction tailored to student’s individual needs and is used to develop teaching methods that optimize learning using a real-world context. Sessions may focus on the themes of sports and food science, among others. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Humans and Animals Together: The Challenge of Sharing Our World
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  Baltimore, MD
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Humans interact with animals in many different ways: living with pets, studying laboratory animals to understand human disease, sharing our environment with wild animals, and producing food from farm animals. Join experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing and learn more about our interactions with animals from these perspectives. Participants will learn about the history of human and animal interactions, how human activities affect our co-inhabitants of the planet, the movement to reduce, replace and refine our animal use in research, and how studying diseases in companion animals can help human health. Students will listen to discussions in the morning and participate in specialized breakout groups in the afternoon with experts. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person. Register now


Unraveling the Mysteries of Living with Chemicals
Oregon State University  Corvallis, OR
Spring 2016

All living organisms, including humans, live together with thousands of natural and man-made chemicals. How do scientists measure these chemicals in our environment and determine which chemicals might be harmful? How do they gauge what levels of chemicals are considered safe? Hosted by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences-funded OSU Superfund Research Program, this program will provide CTY families with an introduction to the important fields of toxicology and environmental health. Together with hands-on activities in analytical chemistry and forensics, students will work with scientists to learn how to solve real-life mysteries and create healthier environments. The keynote speaker will talk about the wide range of career options in this growing field of science. 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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