Women in Science Day 2007

By: Weather Team Email
By: Weather Team Email

A message from the National Weather Service.

For more information on this event contact Jennifer Stark. Her email address is: jennifer.stark@noaa.gov

Attention Local Science Teachers!
Sunflower Association for Women in Science (Topeka Chapter), in Coordination with Washburn University and the National Weather Service in Topeka present...
Women In Science Day 2007
An opportunity for young women to experience a day of career possibilities in the sciences
Thursday October 11th
8:30am-2:30pm

Sponsored by The Topeka Zonta Club and the Georgia Neese Gray Committee

This event is FREE (and includes free lunch!)
Sign up soon, space is limited to the first 200 female 7th and 8th grade students to register!

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Barb Quaney
Neurological Researcher and Physical Therapist Some Lab themes include....

What's in That Dirty Mouth?
Survivor: Egg Drop
Finding Your Place in the Cosmos
Fit For Life
Cable Crawl

Skull-duggery
Water is life
Pavlov's Dogs and Skinner's Rats
Puzzles, Bubbles and More
Is This Magic? Or Is This Chemistry?
...and More!

Plus...A t-shirt will be given to each girl who attends!

8:30 Registration
9am Opening Remarks
9:20 am Keynote Speaker
10:30 am Morning Lab (1 per girl)

11:30 am Lunch - with the Lab instructors and time to network with other girls!
12:35pm Afternoon Lab (1 per girl)

1:35 pm A special event you won't want to miss! Sponsored by Sunflower AWIS
2pm Closing Remarks

For more information about signing up your class, contact
Jennifer Stark at the National Weather Service in Topeka

The day will include:
Women In Science Day 2007
Lab Descriptions

Women In Science Day - Public Service Announcement
Video is rapidly becoming a crucial element in many science fields, especially as a tool for collecting evidence. Broadcasting itself is a highly technical career requiring knowledge of light, color, sound, electronics, computers, and several other fields of science. KTWU Producer Jim Kelly and his assistants will help 10 girls produce a spot about Women in Science Day activities. Participants will take a script and bring it to life. During the process, they'll take the technological leap from their home camcorders to the skills necessary to create a professional broadcast piece and learn how color, light, and sound are measured for production purposes.

Women In Science Day - Public Service Announcement
Home video editing software is mainly drag and drop, but the pros regularly use math and science to create even simple productions. KTWU Producer Jim Kelly will help the girls edit the footage created in the morning workshop and create a spot that will air on KTWU. The girls will work with professional editing software and learn how the final pieces are put together, including working with chroma key footage (green screen) and adding graphics and special effects.

Share and Share, but not Alike
Why do some television programs last only a few weeks, while others last 10 years? How much power do you, the viewer, have over the programs you watch? Learn all about the Nielson rating system, what a share is, and different ways that ratings are used to determine what you see on your television. Then try your hand at calculating whether a program is in or out!

Cable Crawl
KTWU Assistant Chief Engineer Mark will take the girls on a “guts” tour of the station. The girls will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the technology of a television station and the skills that are needed to be a broadcast engineer. Bring good questions! Mark has an extensive knowledge of what it takes to put a picture in that little box at home.

What's in that Dirty Mouth?
You probably know that the mouths of cats and dogs have lots of bacteria living inside of them. What you may or may not know is that human mouths also contain a wide variety of microorganisms. Curious about what kinds of bacteria you can find in your mouth? Come join us as we search the saliva samples for bacteria that live inside the human mouth and discuss some of the positive and negative impacts these microbes have on your lifestyle.

Finding Your Place in the Cosmos
This interactive planetarium session will help girls develop a sense of cosmic distances, starting from Earth and venturing out into space. Virtual stop-offs at various planets, stars, and other objects will be conducted through the use of the SciDome digital planetarium.

Water is Life
No one can survive without water. But before it comes out of your faucet, and after it goes down the drain, it is an important part of the natural landscape. What do you know about streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands? Come learn about these valuable resources from the scientists who study them. You will learn about the different types of aquatic ecosystems found in Kansas. You will investigate the basics of water chemistry and have an opportunity to learn about some of the fascinating plants and animals that live below the surface. After taking this workshop, you will never look at a stream or pond the same way again!

Is this Magic? Or is it Chemistry?
Sue Salem and Sam Leung of the Chemistry Department will present an amazing demonstration that is chemistry.

Puzzles, Bubbles and More!
In this session, we'll make cool bubble shapes... including a bubble cube! Test your puzzle skills to see if you can beat Pythagoras at his own theorem. We'll also learn some card tricks and the math “magic” behind them.

Reflections in a Looking Glass: Kaleidoscope Math
In this workshop we will construct our own personal kaleidoscopes and explore the magic of symmetry in work and play. Also, we will discuss symmetry as a significant part of the geometry of our world

Pavlov's Dogs and Skinners Rats
In this lab we will explore two forms of learning, known as classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Rather than working with dogs and rats, as did Pavlov and Skinner, we will instead train one another!

Skull-duggery
What can skulls tell us about an animal's diet and lifestyle? We will use real skeletal material to explore this issue, so students must be comfortable going hands-on with bones.

Survivor: Egg Drop
Participants will race against the clock to plan, design and build a device that will cushion your team's egg enough to survive a fall of about ten (10) feet onto concrete without cracking or breaking, AND simultaneously preserve as much as possible of your team's beginning budget.

GIS Lab
geodata collection, mapping and/or mapmaking (using handheld GPS units outdoors and/or mapping applications indoors).

Fit For Life
Under the supervision of Physical Therapist Lori Khan, girls in this lab will have the opportunity to test their strength, flexibility, and other measures of their physical fitness. Dr. Khan will then give a presentation on the importance of physical and mental fitness during the high school years and beyond, and techniques for achieving and maintaining this fitness.
Girls participating in this lab should bring gym clothes to facilitate the fitness testing.

Get Heart Smart
Learn how the heart works, and then listen to normal and abnormal heart sounds, and learn to take blood pressures.


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