Workshop Descriptions

Apply and Fly

Dr. Hui-Ju Huang, Sacramento State Department of Teacher Education

Workshop participants will design mini helicopters by applying scientific methods.  They will have the opportunity to collect data and discuss how to make a better design.
*Paired with Fun with Food

Blood Solutions

Rita Tezanos-Pinto and Joan Barker, Delta Blood Bank
How important is blood? Attend this workshop to learn the basics of blood and how it applies in the clinical laboratory. Participants will use microscopes to look at blood cells, perform blood typing procedures, and learn the differences of blood types.
*Paired with Microwave Chemistry - Fun Experiments You Should Never Do at Home

Bone Detectives

Dr. Elizabeth Strasser, Sacramento State Department of Anthropology
How do forensic scientists, such as those in CSI, determine the sex and age of a skeletal burial? There are several straight-forward cues that can be learned in no time. This workshop provides hands-on experience using [casts of] human skeletal remains to learn those cues.
*Paired with Fun with Fishes

Build a Heart Monitor – See Your Own Heart Work

Dr. Warren Smith, Sacramento State Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr. Anita Bagley, Motion Analysis Laboratory, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California, and Judy Smith, San Juan Unified School District
Workshop participants will make a miniature electronic circuit that is a heart monitor. They will use this heart monitor to observe their own electroencephalogram (ECG).
*Paired with The Size of the Universe and My Car Will Run on That?

Create Your Own Web Page

Sandy Feder and Sheley Little, Sacramento City College Department of Computer Science
Workshop participants will have fun making a web page for themselves. It is easy, creative and very useful to learn how to make web pages. Bring a photo or flash drive to take your work home with you.
* Paired with Getting Cheeky in the Lab and What Color Is Green?

Delving the Abyss:  Our Layered Ocean

Dr. Barbara Munn, Sacramento State Department of Geology
Are you curious about our ocean?  Join in an exploration of density differences in ocean water using common household items.  Find out how these density differences create a layered ocean, produce deep ocean currents, direct military control of the Mediterranean Sea, and influence climate change.
*Paired with Up Close and Personal: A Cellular Look at You!

Ecology:  It’s an Adventure!

Elif Fehm-Sullivan, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Have you ever wanted to travel to interesting places to study the world around you?  Come along on a journey through tropical jungles, dry deserts, and redwood forests.  You’ll learn about the relationships between living things and how they interact with each other.
*Paired with Strawberry Short-Cut to DNA

Fixing the Human Body: Muscles, Machines, Movement, and Motivation

Claudia Starkey, Physical Therapy
Helping people recover from serious illness or injury is interesting and fun.  In this workshop, participants will learn ways to rehabilitate the body and explore techniques to relieve pain and restore function using heat and cold, massage, and exercise. 
*Paired with The Magic of Number Bracelets and Solar Power - Power Your Future

Fun with Fishes

Dr. Ron Coleman, Kasie Barnes and Sam Borstein, Sacramento State Department of Biological Sciences
Attend this workshop and investigate the fascinating world of fishes in the Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Lab at Sacramento State.  You will have the opportunity to watch live fish behavior and learn how to identify and work with fish in the Lab.
*Paired with The Heart:  Up Close and Personal and Bone Detectives

Fun with Food

Dr. Lynn Hanna, Sacramento State Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Learn some of the effects of food chemistry on cooking and health at this food and nutrition demonstration. Participants will see how chemistry gives scones their texture and flavor.  We will also learn the role of biology in the sense of taste.
*Paired with Apply and Fly and Sensory Experiences

Funny Bones, Fun Exercises & Fitness

Dr. Clare Lewis, Sacramento State Department of Physical Therapy and Pati Staines, Physical Therapist
Attend this workshop to experience “hands-on” involvement in the varied profession of physical therapy. Participants will investigate what physical therapists learn in school, what they do when they get out of school, and personally experience the types of interventions that physical therapists use on a daily basis.
*Paired with Strawberry Short-Cut to DNA

Getting Cheeky in the Lab

Roxanne Phillips, Sacramento State Department of Biology
Your mouth speaks volumes, even if you don’t.  Learn what information your cells contain on the cellular and molecular levels by preparing and viewing cheek cells under the microscope and by extracting your own cheek cell DNA. 
*Paired with Create Your Own Web Page

Microwave Chemistry - Fun Experiments You Should Never Do at Home

Chemistry Club, Sacramento State Department of Chemistry
The microwave oven was invented 66 years ago on October 8, 1945.  Join us on the anniversary of its invention to explore how a microwave works and to try out some fun experiments that you should never try at home!
*Paired with Blood Solutions and Programming for the Amazing World of Robotics

My Car Run Will Run on That?

Dr. Lisa Ott, California State University, Chico
In this workshop, we’ll dig our hands into some of the waste products that are being turned into biodiesel fuel for cars and trucks.  Each pair of students will also make a test batch of biodiesel out of clean vegetable oil.
*Paired with Build a Heart Monitor - See Your Own Heart Work and Using Light Technology to Save Lives

Programming for the Amazing World of Robotics

Uma Bhavani Parakala and Minh Chau Ngo, UC Davis Outreach Center for Computing and STEM Education
How does a robot move and think? Attend this workshop for an introduction into the world of programming and how it can be applied to robotics. Students will receive hands-on programming and robotics experience.
*Paired with Microwave Chemistry - Fun Experiments You Should Never Do at Home

Sensory Experiences

Dr. Emily Wickelgren, Sacramento State Department of Psychology
Workshop participants will explore their senses and how they help them to understand the world. Come experience a series of mini demonstrations like throwing beanbags while wearing prism goggles, catching a ball using only one eye, and other sensory demonstration that illustrate perceptual and cognitive phenomena.
*Paired with Fun with Food

Solar Power - Power Your Future

Suzette Bienvenue DelBono, SMUD
Let's power forward, together. Solar energy is an important part of our future energy supply. Come learn and experiment with solar energy and make and take a solar powered kinetic sculpture.
*Paired with Fixing the Human Body:  Muscles, Machines, Movement & Motivation

Strawberry Short-Cut to DNA

Dr. Ken Kubo, American River Junior College Department of Biotechnology
Workshop participants will see how easy it is to extract DNA from things that are readily available in your local food market. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop.
*Paired with Ecology: It's an Adventure! and Funny Bones, Fun Exercise & Fitness

The Heart:  Up Close and Personal

Dr. Jennifer Lundmark, Sacramento State Department of Biological Sciences and Julia Smith, Sacramento State Department of Teacher Education
Learn about how the heart works with a hands-on dissection of real sheep hearts!  Workshop participants will explore the anatomy and physiology of heart and lung functions.
*Paired with Fun with Fishes

The Magic of Number Bracelets

Dr. Kathy Zhong and Dr. Bin Lu, Sacramento State Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Bracelets out of numbers!  Come and have fun with numbers!  We’ll practice addition and discover patterns - let’s see who can make the longest number bracelet.
*Paired with  Fixing the Human Body:  Muscles, Machines, Movement & Motivation

The Size of the Universe

Dr. Vera Margoniner, Sacramento State Department of Physics and Astronomy
In this workshop, attendees will use hands on activities to gain a sense of the size of the universe.  Come see how scientific methods and observations allow us to measure the size of something so much larger than us.
*Paired with What Color Is Green? and Build a Heart Monitor - See Your Own Heart Work

Up Close and Personal: A Cellular Look at You!

Andrea Martin and Susan Douglas, Powerhouse Science Center
In this workshop, attendees will observe and actually perform cheek cell extraction.  Each participant will make their own necklace containing their own DNA.
*Paired with Delving the Abyss: Our Layered Ocean

Using Light Technology to Save Lives

Alisa Lee and Marco Molinaro, UC Davis Center for Biophotonics
Explore light and matter interactions with the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology.  Learn about and play with technology used in medicine and research. 
*Paired with My Car Will Run on That?

What Color is Green?

Janet Nelsen and Jennifer Mai, Monsanto
Discover the chemistry of colors when you separate their components using paper chromatography.  This is a hands-on chemistry lab with colorful results you can take with you.
*Paired with Create Your Own Web Page and The Size of the Universe