The U of M EYH 2012 workshop list includes:
Each student will attend four of the following workshops. During the online registration,
students are asked to select their top seven workshop choices in order of preference
and assignments will be made based on that list, with priority given to those who
register earlier. Students will receive their schedule with assigned workshops at
registration on the day of the conference.
Bone Zone Check Up
Learn how engineers and scientists develop and evaluate Orthopedic joint and trauma
devices which help patients with arthritis and broken bones get back to their active
Build it Better!!
Students will work to produce foam ball creatures in an old fashioned production layout
and then improve the production line by using process improvements through observation.
Catch a Thief
Students will use a scientific technique called "chromatography" to analyze the evidence
given from a crime scene. They will use paper, ink, and water to test a number of
pens, and uncover the pigments in the ink to determine which one was used to write
the ransom note.
Create a Webpage with HTML
Learn the precision and structure that programmers use by creating a webpage using
only the simple Notepad editor and markup language known as HTML.
Extract DNA from a banana using everyday items to gain an understanding of the makeup
of DNA and its function.
Interactive Stories and Games Using Scratch
Learn the programming language that makes it easy to create one`s own interactive
stories, animations, games, and art and share the creation on the web. As young people
create and share scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational
ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.
Students will create their own model of an ocean/lake/river and allow an oil spill
to occur. They will investigate many different materials and attempt to contain and
clean up the "spill". In the end, they will have first hand thoughts about using
oil for energy and risks to their environment.
Explore the world of cosmetic chemistry by making your own lip gloss. You will discover
the chemistry behind how to transform a few everyday ingredients into the perfect
blend for lip gloss.
Robots on the Move
An intro to mobile robotics. During this session you will program the LEGO MINDSTORMS
NXT robot sense its environment to so it can reach the finish line.
The goal is for students to design and build a surgical instrument out of everyday
materials. Their surgical instrument must be able to carefully pick up three small
objects from a shoebox without knocking over any nearby dominoes.
The Computer and The Human Body
Describe the inner workings of a computer and how it corresponds to the inner workings
of the human body. Disassemble a laptop to examine the components closely. Participants
will have the opportunity to disassemble a laptop also and identity the major components
of the computer. Discuss those components in detail and determine which part of the
human body would be considered its counterpart.
The Heart of the Matter
Have you ever seen a beating heart? Do you know how many times your heart beats each
minute? Do you want to learn how to check a person`s pulse or learn how to check a
person`s blood pressure?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above then Matters of the Heart is definitely
a session you do not want to miss.
You will have fun learning how to use equipment and your five senses to assess the
heart....so bring your watchful eyes, listening ears, feeling fingers and yes your
beating heart to this session and learn something exciting and new.
The Inspired STEM Classroom
Middle School math & science activities using Texas Instruments technology and curriculum
tools along with Vernier science sensors. Focus on temperature and motion activities
using TI-Nspire CX handhelds to collect data from Vernier sensors.
The Weight of the World
Girls will get an overview of what engineers do, more specifically Civil Engineering.
Students will learn fundamental principles in Structural Engineering to help them
create a paper bridge that will support metal washers.
To Kill A Microbe
Participants will hear a short presentation on the "life of a microbiologist" and
learn some basic characteristics of bacteria. Then the participants will prepare
some slides of bacteria and view them on the microscope. We will then evaluate some
bacteria that has been growing on agar plates and determine which antibiotics and
disinfectants are effective in preventing growth and / or killing the bacteria.
Who Put the Chemistry in my Food?
Food Chemistry focuses on the chemistry of foods, their deterioration, and the principles
underlying the improvement of foods and beverages to obtain safe, economical, and
aesthetically pleasing food supplies. This session will provide hands on application
Parents will attend the following four workshops:
Collaboration is key to success
Judith Iriarte-Gross, Director, MTSU Women In STEM Center,
Judith will provide parents with an opportunity to network with each other and provide
an overview of the history and mission of EYH Conferences. Ruth will provide an overview
of the TN Young Scholars Initiative for high school students, a collaborative between
business leaders and educators, that was recently expanded to include West Tennessee.
What to Take & Do to Prepare for College
Kathy Atkinson, College Academic Advisor for Herff College of Engineering, U of Memphis,
Kathy will discuss which elective classes the girls should take in middle and high
school to prepare themselves for college admission into STEM majors. What camps,
workshops and activities to do outside of school to help prepare and encourage them.
What items should go into a college application portfolio. What will college classes
be like. What possible careers are out there for them.
Supporting Young Women in STEM
Dr. Stephanie Blaisdell, Assistant VP for Student Affairs/Student Development, U of
Dr. Blaisdell will discuss the cultural obstacles young girls face during the middle
and high school years with the “unwritten” barriers about STEM classes and careers.
How can parents support and help the girls overcome these “unwritten” barriers?
What is TRiO?
Mrs. Naomi Martinez-Jones, Retention Counselor, Student Success Programs/STEM, U of
Want to learn about additional STEM support services? Then, check out TRIO. TRIO is
a federally-funded grant designed to service students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Learn about the eligibility criteria, services, and benefits of participating in TRIO.