Exploring the Worlds of Engineering, Science, and Information Sciences and Technology

One of our awesome school counselors passed this information along to me, and it looks exciting!  There is a fun day at Penn State York on Saturday, March 3rd with all kinds of activities.  I am including a flier for this day in your newsletter, but you can click HERE to take you to directly to the website.  Let me know if you register.

Here is an overview of the classes offered:

DNA Detectives

Dr. Robert Farrell, associate professor of biology
Room 107, Elias Science Building
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

The world of forensics is becoming more sophisticated each day. The techniques and methods have not only revolutionized the criminal justice system, but have also captured the imagination of a very large television viewing audience. In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to learn about the standard techniques and equipment commonly used to solve crimes; some of the myths surrounding the discipline will also be dispelled. Questions about Penn State’s Forensics major will be answered.

How Strong is Your Bridge?

Dr. Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering
Room 30, Main Classroom Building
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Using only “LEGO®-type” blocks and a limited amount of masking tape, design and build a bridge which will be weighed and then tested to destruction.  The measure of efficiency is maximum load supported / bridge weight.

Spinning the Web

Adam Chlan, Web Analyst/Designer
Room 103, Information Sciences and Technology Center
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Find out how programmers create Web pages in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to turn a simple text file into a Web page, how to get images to display, how to change background and font (type) colors, how to use different fonts, and how to use an image for a background. You’ll go home with a CD with your Web page on it and lots of references to helpful Web sites where you can get more images and information . . . for free!

LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics

Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering
Room 35, Main Classroom Building (lower level)
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Come build and program a robot vehicle complete with touch sensors.

The Colorful World of Chemistry

Dr. Andy Landis, assistant professor in chemistry
Room 103, Elias Science Building
10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

When atoms combine to form compounds, colorful and sometimes violent reactions can take place. The nature of these reactions will be shown through a series of hands-on demonstrations involving the colorful chemicals that compose fireworks and the explosive reaction of hydrogen and oxygen.