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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.

Upcoming Programs

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, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Mathematics

Rutgers University – New Brunswick (Busch Campus), 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, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

The Bio-Nano Convergence

University of California, Riverside – Riverside, California

Saturday, September 16, 2017
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. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Artificial Intelligence

George Washington University – Washington, D.C.

Saturday September 23, 2017
We have all witnessed a series of recent successes achieved by artificial intelligence, from accelerating drug research to driving a car on the streets. The George Washington University invites you to a one-day workshop during which families will enjoy lectures, tours of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and workshops led by GWU faculty and students. Participants will interact with leading researchers in big data and machine learning and will also discover the latest research in relevant fields. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost:  $120 per person, Register now

Holographic Microscopy

New York University – New York, New York

Saturday, October 7, 2017
An in-line holographic microscope uses laser illumination and a conventional video camera to record holograms of microscopic objects. Using techniques from computer vision to analyze the resulting stream of holograms yields astonishingly precise information about the positions and properties of particles. Participants will build working holographic microscopes and will use them to perform experiments on systems, including iridescent colloidal crystals, natural colloidal dispersions, and bacteria. The program offers a tutorial on holograms and computational holography, an introduction to high-power techniques of computer vision, and a hands-on clinic for precision measurements with home-made microscopes. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Nanobiotechnology Applications

Tufts University – Medford, Massachusetts 

Saturday, October 7, 2017 
This workshop primarily focuses on nanomedicine, nanobioelectricity, and cardiac tissue engineering. CTY families tour the university’s new Science and Engineering complexes, including its Tissue Engineering Research Center. Participants hear from Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty about their research and see a lab demonstration of nanoparticle formulation and characterization. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Soft Robotics

University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, California

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Inspired by nature, engineers have begun to explore the design and control of soft robots. Intriguing features and unique capabilities of soft robots have also been demonstrated by different research groups. In this program, professors and scholars from The University of California, San Diego will show you cutting edge research in this groundbreaking field. Participants will attend research presentations, interact with professors and scholars in related areas, and tour research labs. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Many of the technologies we use in our daily lives are rooted in mechanical engineering, from robotics to biomedicine to mechanical design. Through lectures and lab-based activities, CTY families learn about cutting-edge mechanical engineering research projects underway at UC Berkeley, including research into fluid flows (making ships more efficient), biomedical imaging, and aerial robotics. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine –
Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Genomics is the study of the complete complement of an organism’s DNA, the blueprint of life. The tools and methods of genomics have revolutionized the way biologists approach their research and have paved the way for advances in biological science, from medical research to environmental studies. Since vast amounts of data are generated in genomics and other related approaches, biology is now a “big-data” science resulting in a new field of study—bioinformatics, the fusion of biology and information technology. Today computer scientists and biologists work side-by-side to unravel biological questions. In this program, families learn how genomics applies to real-world challenges in biology by participating in three hands-on explorations: human variation as applied to personalized medicine, comparative genomics of human pathogens, and metagenomic analysis of the trillions of microbes that live in the human body. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Sensory Communication

Boston University, Center for Research in Sensory Communication and Emerging Neural Technologies – Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, October 21, 2017
This program takes place in B.U.’s newly constructed Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering, a state-of-the-art research facility that brings together scientists, engineers, and physicians. It focuses on research in sensory communication and associated emerging neural technologies, and spans basic research in technology development and the neuroscience of sensation and communication. Participants tour the labs and learn about the work of researchers who study sensory processing, perception, neural coding, speech, and language. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

Community and Public Health

Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken, New Jersey

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Ebola. TB. Flu. Heart Disease. Cancer. Dengue. Zika. Depression. Scientists, engineers, and medical professionals are diligently working to slow the progression of health challenges that many 21st Century humans face. The Science & Technology Studies Program at Stevens Institute of Technology invites families to experience working on the front lines of public health. Participants track an infectious disease to its source as field epidemiologists, calm the public’s nerves during a dangerous outbreak as communications officers, and urge the World Health Organization to distribute vaccines during a crisis. This program examines the emerging field of global public health through the lenses of science, history, technology, anthropology, epidemiology, and humanitarianism. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

The Environment and Public Health

Columbia University – ​New York, NY

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hosted by Columbia’s Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, this program will focus on the role of the environment in human health and disease. Exposure throughout life to various toxic chemicals found in our diet, in the air, and in consumer products are now known to impact health. You will enjoy lectures and breakout sessions that give participants the opportunity to explore in more detail the methods that are used to determine an individual’s exposure. The sessions will also show how environmental exposures like air pollution increase asthma and neurologic diseases, how climate change is increasing disease, and the importance of environmental justice in developing fair solutions to these challenges. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

The Fundamentals of Electromagnetism

Princeton University – ​Princeton, New Jersey

*Saturday, November 11, 2017
Joseph Henry, a physics professor at Princeton in the 1830s, was one of the most important—but lesser-known—American scientists. Henry’s electromagnetism research included producing movement using a rocking-beam electromagnetic motor, and inventing the form of the electromagnetic transformer as we know it today. Applications of electricity for information networks, for power networks, and for energy conversion, all derive from this remarkable individual. Participants of this program 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.

*Attendees are strongly encouraged to make hotel reservations early to guarantee availability as Princeton has several events scheduled for this weekend.

Cost: $120 per person, Register now

 

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