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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

Inside the Brain

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, March 3, 2018
The Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience Program invites families to spend a day learning about the complex and fascinating nervous system, its structure, and the vital connections between the brain and the body. Through hands-on experiments, sheep-brain dissections, and presentations from experts in the field, participants gain a better understanding of the nervous system’s role in sustaining life in the body and producing thoughts within the brain. Families work in state-of-the-art laboratories alongside world-renowned Johns Hopkins faculty and students. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Business Leadership

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, March 10, 2018
In today's world of big data and technology, humans’ ability to innovate and develop new business ideas is greater than ever. But once an idea presents itself, how do we make it a reality? Many good businesses start with one key element: the pitch. This workshop, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, focuses on the school’s unique approach to developing business leaders while providing hands-on practice in bringing a business to life. Participants hear from experts in four key areas that provide a foundation for any successful business: communication, finance, leadership, and marketing. Using what they've learned, participants spend the afternoon working in teams to develop a new business idea and an elevator pitch for a panel of judges. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Mathematics in the World

Brown University – Providence, Rhode Island

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Brown University invites families to spend the day exploring mathematical theories and their applications. Areas of discussion may include combinatorics, cryptography, dynamical systems, number theory, probability, statistics, topology, and applications in biology and neuroscience. CTYers also learn about the benefits of studying mathematics and the range of careers that mathematicians pursue. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Adventures in Mathematics

Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Saturday, April 14, 2018
CTY and the Mathematics Department at Cornell University present an exciting exploration of mathematical ideas. Professor Allen Knutson kicks off the seminar with an engaging discussion about the mathematics of juggling. Knutson, who has a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University, held a juggling world record for passing until 1995. In later breakout sessions, participants explore several mathematical concepts and theoretical ideas. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Everyday Nanotechnology

University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, California

Saturday, April 21, 2018
The San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure invites families to discover the nano world and learn about the many applications in nanotechnology. Participants engage in hands-on activities, tour UC San Diego’s clean room, and interact with UC San Diego researchers to learn about innovative nano research and the nanotechnology’s role in our daily lives. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Security and Counterterrorism

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Participants in this unique program learn through lectures and immersive simulations how counterterrorism specialists work to protect the public and counter under high levels of uncertainty. Leading experts from the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies discuss radicalization, innovation, and creativity in terrorist organizations; the high-stakes decision-making involved 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: $125 per person, Register now

Cardiovascular Engineering

Stanford University – Stanford, California

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Participants in this program learn about the role of engineering in medicine, with a focus on cardiovascular disease and devices. CTYers and their families rotate through hands-on workshops to learn research in the areas of computational modeling, medical device design, fluid dynamics, and cardiovascular medicine.  They also learn about educational and career pathways in biomedical engineering, including medicine, bio-computing and medical-device development. Students have fun and learn practical information about the field while interacting with current Stanford graduate students. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Chemistry Revolution

Boston College – Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Fundamental advances in chemistry—the central science bridging the physical and life sciences—are rapidly revolutionizing how we think about and treat diseases, how we power our planet, and how we interact with the world. Participants in this CTY program at Boston College learn about cutting-edge technologies developed to address the major scientific challenges of our time through hands-on workshops, lectures from leading researchers, and tours of state-of-the-art laboratories. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Exploring Mathematics

Dartmouth College – Hanover, New Hampshire   

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Participants in this exploratory program learn to recognize the many ways math is present in their daily lives. The Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College presents lectures and workshops led by faculty and graduate students in the areas of number theory, differential geometry, combinatorics, mathematical logic, and network theory. CTYers and their families also learn the benefits of studying mathematics and the variety of career paths it can lead to. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Research

National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, Maryland

Monday, June 25, 2018
Join us for a day of scientific inquiry at the National Institutes of Health. Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute, this program features lectures given by leading experts in genetics, bioinformatics, and biomedical research. CTY students participate in hands-on activities and parents tour the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine collection. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

Inside APL

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – Laurel, Maryland

Saturday, July 28, 2018
In its 70-year history, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has worked with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and the National Security Administration, among others, to find solutions to some of the country’s most pressing scientific and national security challenges. Participants in this program explore the engineering, research and development approaches used to solve some of these challenges by engaging with APL scientists and engineers, and learn about APL’s internship opportunities. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $125 per person, Register now

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