Here is a listing of our class offerings for our 2017 Conference. Want to see the whole brochure? Download the PDF Registration is $15 per student, numerous scholarships ARE available! Please note that priority registration ends Sunday, March 5 at midnight. Registrations received after the deadline will be assigned classes based on availability. Note: During the conference, parents should plan to attend the parent workshop (or the time could be used to explore local shopping and restaurants). We aim to minimize all distractions in the classrooms. We also ensure that all adults in the workshops have gone through background checks if a parent needs to accompany their daughter in the workshops, we ask that they receive advanced permission from the organizers.
A-I Eyes Under Puget Sound Ever wonder what types of creepy crawlies lurk in the mud beneath the waters of Puget Sound? Learn how marine scientists identify theses fascinating marine invertebrates. Use a microscope and get up close and personal with worms, sea stars, clams, crabs and more! A-2 Rescuing and Rehabbing Wild Birds What happens when someone finds an injured or orphaned bird? Learn how wildlife rehabilitators capture and restrain birds, perform physical exams, administer fluids, apply splints and bandages, review x-rays, run diagnostic tests, and condition birds for release. WARNING: Bird carcasses are used during this workshop. A-3 Get the Word Out About Recycling Interested in helping the environment? Heard of the 3 R’s? This workshop melds science and communication together. You will learn various communication and educational tools to help increase Thurston County’s recycling and waste reduction efforts. By brainstorming creative solutions to make recycling easy and to get the message out, you can have a positive effect on the environment. A-4 Show Me the Money Spend a fun and interactive workshop learning how to manage your money. A-5 Your Body’s Wall of Protection Did you know that hair and nails are classified as appendages of the skin? Explore the various functions of the skin and how it provides protection for the body by making natural remedies to prevent and/or treat acne and pimples. A-6 The Sky is Falling This workshop is really out of this world—learn about asteroids, comets and meteors. Where do they come from? What are they made of? What happens when they reach planet Earth? You will see sublimation in action and even check out a piece of a meteorite. A-7 Carbon Footprint How much of your personal greenhouse gas emissions are due to where you live? How much are due to what you eat, or what you buy? Measure your own carbon footprint, and find out how to make it smaller. A-8 The Wonderful World of Watersheds! What is a watershed? Why is watershed health important for us and the ecosystem? Learn about watersheds through the science of river erosion as well as habitat loss and restoration through this hands-on activity using a flowing river model! Participants will also discover optimal water quality for salmon through experiments using our water quality testing methods A-9 How to Reconstruct a Car Wreck Learn how State Patrol detectives use math, DNA, and physics in collision reconstruction, sometimes called Advanced Vehicular Investigations. A-10 Radiation: Myth Busters In 1898 Marie Curie, a scientist, discovered a new mysterious highly radioactive element which glowed in the dark. They named it Radium. See the glow. Find out what inspires modern mythology like “Spiderman” The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and the “Hulk.” Try your skill at detecting radiation in household objects; learn about beneficial uses of radiation; careers involving the safe use of radiation; and tips for fashionable protective gear A-11 Get Out of My Hair – Toxins in Personal Care Let’s talk about personal care products! Everyone uses items such as shampoo, lotion, nail polish, and perfume but what’s in them? You will make an all-natural lip balm to take home to remind you that you can keep looking and smelling good without toxic products!
B-I Visualizing DNA Get a chance to help set up, load, and run gel electrophoresis. This method of DNA visualization is a critical component of work in any molecular biology lab! B-2 Identifying Aquatic Insects Did you know that there are amazing insects that live under the water in streams, rivers, and lakes? Attend this workshop with Dr. Carri LeRoy, a professor at The Evergreen State College to learn more and see these insects up close and personal. Learn to use a microscope and sketch from observations! Learn a ton of awesome facts about these creatures! B-3 Storytelling with Data Have you ever looked at a bunch of numbers and thought, “I have no idea what this means”? Data has lots of stories to tell – if you can get it to talk! In this workshop we will use Microsoft Excel to find the story the data tells, and make that story come alive with charts and graphs. B-4 Let’s Talk About Plants How do you identify plants? What characteristics help you know which plant you see? How do you identify “native” plants from “invasive” plants? What plants help your local ecosystems and fish habitat? Come explore some basic botany techniques to identify plants. Learn some key “restoration superstars” found in the Puget Sound. Walk away with a better appreciation for our native flora, salmon habitat, and what makes our area truly unique. B-5 Disease Detectives Do you like a good mystery? Well, an epidemiologist’s job is all about solving mysteries, but instead of figuring out “who dun it” like a police detective would, they figure out “what caused it.” Come use your critical thinking and logic to investigate what it takes to protect the public’s health. B-6 Spark the Heart Can you revive a dead heart? Use CPR and the latest emergency medical tools to treat a cardiac arrest. See a demonstration of an Automatic External Defibulator (AED). B-7 Money Talks! Is your money always saying “Goodbye?” In this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of budgeting, as well as helpful tips on saving money. Start saving now and your wallet will thank you! B-8 Dental Assisting – The Art of Teeth Explore taking dental x-rays, molding dental composite filling material into sculptures, and making thumb molds with dental impression material. B-9 Quakin’, Shakin’, and Bakin’ in Washington Find out what causes earthquakes & volcanoes by learning about plate tectonics. B-10 Bivalve Biology Have you ever eaten an oyster, a clam, a mussel? Ever wondered what they are made of? What parts of their body are similar or different to ours? In this session you will get to dissect your own oyster and learn about how amazing these creatures are at keeping our ecosystems healthy! WARNING: Potential for eating raw oysters during this workshop. B-11 The Amazing World of Polymer Chemistry What do slime, nylon, rubber, and Styrofoam have in common? They are all polymers! Here you can learn about, and make all different kinds of polymers. B-12 Fun with Finances or You Just Won $10,000!!! What if you just now won $10,000? What would you do with it? What could you do with it? What is $10,000 really worth anyway? No matter how much money you make or how old you are, it is important to understand how to manage your finances. Come join us as we engage in interactive, hands-on discussions about money and budgeting!
C-I Beat the Heat! Students will learn about the three types of heat transfer - conduction, convection, and radiation - through discussion and hands-on experiments. C-2 Everyday Acids & Bases Chemicals- even acids- are not always as scary as they sound! This session will explore the chemistry of some common household chemicals, explain what it means to say something is an acid or a base, and provide an opportunity for testing and observing the reactivity of everyday substances. C-3 Medicine and Your Body How do various classes of drugs work in our bodies through receptor mediated action? We’ll talk about common receptors in the body, how they work and why side effects are so common. Participants will make their own receptor and drug molecule models using clay to help illustrate these concepts. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in a career in healthcare, research, chemistry or for anyone interested in learning more about how their body works. C-4 Real Life Nursing They talk, they blink, they do everything but walk. Explore the use of simulation in healthcare education. Talk to our life like models and see just how real they are. C-5 Pick Your Poison – Intro to Forensic Toxicology Have you ever wondered what a forensic toxicologist actually does? Or what discoveries you can make as a forensic toxicologist? Come find out about what we do at the WSP Toxicology Lab and learn about one of the oldest drugs: alcohol! C-6 Light Up the Night! Come learn how solar lights are helping people in disaster areas, and make your own LED solar powered night light. C-7 Robots Can Line Dance Become a creator of technology not just a user. Learn how to use simple computer programming to make domobots synchronize their movements into a wave or dance routine. C-8 Micro-Organisms: Our Smallest Workers Come with us on a fun virtual field trip of LOTT’s wastewater treatment plant. You’ll learn from women working at the treatment plant how wastewater gets cleaned up and about some of the different jobs that are involved. Then put on your lab coat and gloves for a hands-on microscope lab to see some of the cool micro-organisms up close! C-9 A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian – Scruffy the Dog Gown up and scrub in for surgery! Learn to draw blood, review X-rays and diagnose real patients. Take a whirlwind experience through the life of a Veterinarian. C-10 Chocolate Asphalt How is a road made? What properties are important? Learn about road-building and blacktop paving by simulating the process with chocolate pavement. WARNING: nuts will be used and eaten during the course of this workshop C-11 Air Experimenté What is air pollution and where does it come from? Think you know? You might be surprised. Also learn how weather affects air quality and what you can do right now to keep your air clean. C-12 Welding is HOT! How do those pieces of steel join together? Find out how fire and steel form structures. Learn the science of welding and discover your artistic side.
College Planning with SPSCC South Puget Sound Community College staff will share free community resources on campus, academic and non-academic ways to prepare your child for higher education, college funding source options, and dual enrollment opportunities in high school. Brains, Bodies & Behavior: how to help our daughters grow during middle school. Bombarded by peer expectations about grades, clothes and choices, girls often feel compared and confined in middle school. Come hear parent coach Emily McMason talk about how we can support girls’ growth during these formative years.
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