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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



Boston College: Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Physics • Chestnut Hill, MA
Saturday, April 12, 2014 material science
Advances in materials drive the world around us-from the semiconductor technology powering our smart phones to the metallurgy behind jet engine turbines. Join CTY for a day of exploring the current frontiers of materials science and how the next generation of materials promises to shape fields such as biology, chemistry, and physics. An interdisciplinary program of speakers and hands-on activities will expose participants to modern methods of materials discovery as well as techniques for exploring the science driving their properties. Topics may range from fundamental challenges in understanding complex materials to how structure can impart new functionality to old compounds. Participants will also learn about the numerous paths to studying and working in the inherently interdisciplinary field of modern materials science. This program begins around 9:00 a.m. and ends around 4:00 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch are included.
Cost: $95 per person. CLOSED.


Oregon State University: Humanitarian Engineering • Corvallis, OR
Saturday, April 19, 2014 engineering
This program will introduce participants to various aspects of engineering for global development (humanitarian engineering). Those engaged in global Humanitarian Engineering activities strive to encourage development, improve health, and reduce environmental impact through sustainable, affordable, socially-conscious solutions for communities. Possible program elements may include: a panel discussion with OSU Engineers Without Borders students about their experiences working in Kenya and the influence these experiences have had on their career direction; hands-on demonstrations and workshops on renewable energy, clean water, and waste remediation technologies and microtechnologies commonly used in low-resource environments; and tours of the OSU Nuclear Reactor, Hinsdale Tsunami Wave Basin (the largest in the continental U.S.) and wave energy generation facility. This program begins around 9:00 a.m. and ends around 4:00 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch are included.
Cost: $95 per person. CANCELLED


University of California, Berkeley • Berkeley, CA
Saturday, April 26, 2014 science
The University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, home to 13 Nobel Prize winners, will present a wide variety of tours, talks, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops during this intriguing program. Topics may include imaging atoms with scanning tunneling microscopy; robotics for the synthesis of nanostructures; earthquake simulation table; the relationship between cancer and aging; the origin of the universe; the Higgs Boson; crawling robots for search and rescue missions; and how geckos walk on ceilings. Visit the Advanced Light Source, which explores materials using light one billion times brighter than the sun, The National Center for Electron Microscopy, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. You will end this amazing day with a sense of awe at what the human mind can accomplish and a new appreciation of the challenges that remain for the next generation of scientists to conquer. This program begins around 9:00 a.m. and ends around 4:00 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch are included.
Cost: $95 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here.


Drexel University: Cyber Security • Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, June 7, 2014 security
Cyber attacks have increased considerably over the last decade, exposing sensitive personal and business information, disrupting critical operations, and imposing high costs on the economy. This program will provide you with an overview of important aspects of cyber security in the areas of banking, national security, and physical infrastructure. Participants will be introduced to the topic through the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges, and will explore engineering solutions associated with this subject. Families will rotate through small group activities and discussions that explore topics such as data mining and consumer profiling, password hacking, and discussions on ethics. This program begins around 9:00 a.m. and ends around 4:00 p.m. Morning refreshments and lunch are included.
Cost: $95 per person. CLOSED. To be placed on the waitlist, click here.

 


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