Workshops

A Bit About Bats

Merrill Roseberry and Melissa Schlenker, Sacramento State
This will be an interactive exploration into the Order Chiroptera.  Delve into the myths and realities of these flying mammals through a comprehensive review of bat diversity.
*Paired with Back to Play

Back to Play

Clare Lewis, Sacramento State Department of Physical Therapy and Pati Staines, Physical Therapist
Physical therapists work with people who have been hurt during sports, during work, or from an accident. Physical therapists help all these people, regardless of how they were injured, get back to play. We use devices, exercises and sports drills that help decrease pain and speed healing, and we teach people how to better take care of themselves. Come join us for a fun hands-on experience learning what physical therapist do.
*Workshop participants will be transported via bus to this workshop location.
*Paired with A Bit About Bats

Blood Solutions

Rita Tezanos-Pinto, 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 ABO/Rh blood typing procedures, and learn the differences between blood types.
*Paired with Will You Live to be 100?

Bone Detectives

Elizabeth Strasser, Sacramento State Department of Anthropology
Using skeletal casts of informative bones, you will learn how forensic anthropologists determine the sex and age of skeletal individuals.
*Paired with Fun With Fishes

BONES: The Reality Behind Temperance Brennan

Autumn Cahoon, Sacramento State Department of Anthropology
How much of what is seen on the show Bones is reality? Investigate a crime scene and learn to identify how someone died from just their bones!
*Paired with Ecology, It's An Adventure

Build a Heart Monitor - See Your Own Heart Work

Warren Smith, Sacramento State Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Judy Smith, San Juan Unified School District
You will make a miniature electronic circuit heart monitor. You will use your heart monitor to observe your own electroencephalogram (ECG).
*Paired with On the Wild Side! or Turbines Beat Turbans

Color & Light - Glowing Chemistry

Cynthia Kellen-Yuen, Sacramento State Department of Chemistry and members of the Sacramento State Chemistry Club
A glow by glow exploration of how color and light merge in the world of chemistry.  Come discover the chemical essence of luminescence!
*Paired with Eat Your Way to DNA or Getting Cheeky in the Lab

Creator of the Internet

Chia-Jung Chung, Sacramento State Department Education
You will learn what the Internet is and its structure. You will also learn bic web design skills and principles.
*Paired with Math Fun with Card Tricks, TV Game Shows and M&Ms

DNA:  That Something That Makes You "Unique"

Andrea Martin and Susan Douglas, Discovery Museum & Space Center
After discovering the basics of DNA, you will use your cheek cells to extract a DNA sample. Each participant makes a necklace containing their own DNA in a pendant to take home as a souvenir.
*Paired with Ice Cream Science!

Eat Your Way to DNA

Ken Kubo, John Su and Daniel Tipton, American River College Biotechnology Department
Starting with an ordinary strawberry and adding simple, common products that are found in most homes, you are able to extract a real DNA sample that you can take with you. 
*Paired with Color & Light - Glowing Chemistry

Ecology, It's An Adventure

Elif Fehm-Sullivan, NOAA
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, redwood groves, and willow forests. 
*Paired with BONES: The Reality Behind Temperance Brennan

Exploring Our Senses

Emily Wickelgren, Sacramento State Psychology Department
You will participate in a series of activities designed to explore how the senses work. Examples include, wearing vision distorting goggles, exploring visual illusions, mapping out sensitivity to touch on the skin, identifying different smells and tastes, tracing a mirror image, and other sensory activities. 
*Paired with Heart Anatomy

Fuel from French Fries, Coffee and Nuts: Biodiesel

Lisa Ott, California State University, Chico and Women from Chico State's Chemistry Club
You will learn about the sources of biofuels and you will make a sample of biodiesel. University Chemistry Club students will help lead the discussion and demonstrate tests on the quality of the fuel made by you. 
*Paired with Web Page Creation

Fun Food Science

Lynn Hanna, Megan Foss, Stephanie Martinez, Amber White, and Keith Hawkins, Sacramento State Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 
You will conduct hands-on experiment in the chemistry of leavening agents used in baked goods. This will involve a taste test of texture and flavor and comparison of results. 
*Paired with Get Behind the Wheel: Distracted Driving Simulator

Fun With Fishes

Ronald Coleman, Sacramento State Department of Biological Sciences
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 fishes in the lab. 
*Paired with Bone Detectives

Get Behind the Wheel: Distracted Driving Simulator

Wendie Skala and Ellen Brown, Kaiser Permanente
Distracted driving endangers driver, passenger and bystander safety.  In this workshop, you'll use a distracted driving simulator to experience first-hand the dangers of texting while driving and the legal, medical and personal repercussions. 
*Paired with Fun Food Science

Getting Cheeky in the Lab

Stephanie Roman, Jessica Palka,  Elisa Spitzer, 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 Color & Light - Glowing Chemistry

Heart Anatomy

Jennifer  Lundmark, Sacramento State Department of Biological Sciences
You will look at the anatomy and physiology of the heart and how it works. 
*Paired with Ecology, It's An Adventure

How to Code and Decode a Secret Message?

Kathy Zhong and Bin Lu, Sacramento State Department of Math & Statistics
How can we create a message using a code to keep a secret message secret? You will make cipher disks to create secret messages and decipher messages. Please bring a secret message you want to code and join the fun! 
*Paired with Improving Water Quality One Person at a Time

Ice Cream Science!

Faye Afshari, Biological Sciences
Learn a super quick method for making ice cream in less than 2 minutes and the science behind it!  A tour of the 'state of the art' CIMERA molecular Biology lab facility is included. 
*Paired with DNA:  That Something That Makes You "Unique"

Improving Water Quality One Person at a Time

Sarah Mcilroy, Stantec
Our water resources are limited, and we need to protect them. The workshop will discuss how each of us individually makes a difference in water quality, as well as various career opportunities to have a larger influence on water resource issues. 
*Paired with How to Code or Decode a Secret Message?

Investigating Solar Energy

Elaine Sison-Lebrilla, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
In this workshop, you will learn about solar energy and some of its uses. 
*Paired with Pediatric Nursing: What's It Like?

It IS Rocket Science!

Paula Mcdonald , Jane Cook, and Lyn VanWinkle, Aerojet Rocketdyne
Come learn about the basic principles of propulsion and rocket design! We will be doing fun hands-on experiments and see exciting demonstrations! 
*Paired with Saving the World with Robots

Math Fun with Card Tricks, TV Game Shows and M&Ms

Michelle Norris and Gladis Quintana, Sacramento State Department of Math & Statistics
Learn the mathematical secret of a card trick, the answer to the famous "Monty Hall Problem" that baffled even the best mathematicians, and what a sample of M&Ms can tell us about a huge bowl of M&Ms. This workshop will give an introduction to probability with lots of activities and fun examples. 
*Paired with Creator of the Internet

On the Wild Side!

Olivia Yu and Bonnie Lindgren, University of California, Davis
This workshop introduces you to the On the Wild Side program and the opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities.  Participants will learn more about how the world of science and the outdoors can be taught to each other. 
*Paired with Build a Heart Monitor - See Your Own Heart Work

Pediatric Nursing: What's It Like?

Bridget Parsh and Denise Wall Parilo, Sacramento State School of Nursing and CNSA Nursing Students
What do you need to know to be a nurse? What's it like taking care of patients? Find out from Sac State Nursing Students. All activities will take place in the School of Nursing with human simulators - the "patients" on which our nursing students practice their skills. Learn how to take a blood pressure, how exercise affects the heart, how the lungs work, and even how to wrap a baby! 
*Workshop participants will be transported via bus to this workshop location.
*Paired with Investigating Solar Energy

Rock, Rattle and Roll: Understanding Earthquakes

Jessica Bean, M. Katy Janes and Snow Janes, Sacramento State Department of Geology
Over 12,000 earthquakes are reported worldwide each year, and California receives hundreds of earthquakes every day! This workshop provides hands-on activities to explore earthquakes and the hazards that follow. Participants will learn about seismic waves, faults, seismographs, liquefaction, tsunamis, and more! 
*Paired with What Color is Green?

Saving the World with Robots

Judy Fong and Brian Lam, University of California, Davis
You will learn about human problems. Then you will be presented with ways robots have helped solve those problems, and how they might help in solving the current problems. 
*Paired with It IS Rocket Science!

Turbines Beat Turbans

Dongmei Zhou, Sacramento State Department Mechanical Engineering
You will be introduced to all kinds of renewable energy and demonstrate how wind turbine generates electricity. 
*Paired with Build a Heart Monitor - See Your Own Heart Work

Web Page Creation

Sheley Little, Ben Lok and JoAnne Obata, Sacramento City College
Learn how to create a web page! This workshop gives you an opportunity to explore coding HTML and CSS, the markup languages Web Developers use for creating pages for the Internet. This is one of many topics in Computer Science, and one that offers many career opportunities. 
*Paired with Fuel from French Fries, Coffee and Nuts: Biodiesel

What Color is Green?

Charlene Levering and Jennifer Mai, Monsanto
Students will learn how to separate the chemical components in M&M candies by a process called chromatography. Activities will include preparing the experiment, and observing and interpreting the results of the experiment. 
*Paired with Rock, Rattle and Roll: Understanding Earthquakes

Will You Live to be 100?

Kelly Cotter, Barbi Kerschner and Nicole Mueller, Sacramento State Department of Psychology
Come find out what you can do to live a long and healthy life. From exercising regularly to hanging out with friends, in this workshop, you will learn about how the mind and body work together to promote longevity. 
*Paired with Blood Solutions