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  1. 2. Why STEM day? <ul><li>Among the most critical academic disciplines for success in a 21st century workforce are those involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). </li></ul>
  2. 3. What is STEM day? <ul><li>A chance for students to discover, explore, and problem-solve within the integration of the four areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to increase your interest and belief in your STEM abilities </li></ul><ul><li>A hands-on experience with STEM experts </li></ul>
  3. 4. Students will… <ul><li>Follow a special schedule on June 1 st -STEM day: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting in their regular 1 st period class for announcements, attendance, and distribution of the day’s schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ending in their ROAR classroom for wrap-up & dismissal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Select 4 sessions (plus 1 alternate) they would like to take part in during STEM day </li></ul>
  4. 5. And the choices are… <ul><li>Ever attempt will be made to see that you get as many of your choices as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Write the NUMBER ONLY (found in the lower right on the magnifying glass) of your chosen activities on the signup sheet </li></ul>?
  5. 6. Marshmallow Tower Competition <ul><li>Is a marshmallow heavy or light? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you easily support one of these little white puffs? </li></ul><ul><li>Will your support structure be the tallest?? </li></ul><ul><li>Join in the fun & find out  </li></ul>1
  6. 7. Technology in the Classroom <ul><li>Welcome to the 21 st century classroom: computers, cell phones, digitized learning, and more </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with the most up-to-date technological teaching tools </li></ul>2
  7. 8. The Viruses All Around Us <ul><li>What is a virus? Is it living or not? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the job of a virologist? </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate the world of zoonotic diseases – those that “jump” from animals to humans!!!! </li></ul>3
  8. 9. Optical Technology <ul><li>Eyeglasses, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes, you eye – have what in common? </li></ul><ul><li>A lens </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about diffraction, polarization, and selective reflection through interactive experiments </li></ul>4
  9. 10. A Brief Tour of the Universe <ul><li>View stars & constellations </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the moon’s phases </li></ul><ul><li>Zoom in on the planets of our solar system </li></ul><ul><li>Venture into deep space </li></ul>An out of this world experience!! 5
  10. 11. How Does A Computer Work? <ul><li>How are they built? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a computer really function? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the function of various computer components? </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to disassemble & reassemble a computer! </li></ul>6
  11. 12. Walios <ul><li>What’s a Walio? </li></ul><ul><li>Using the genetic make-up of parent Walios – you will create their offspring </li></ul><ul><li>Examine how Walio traits are passed from parent to baby </li></ul><ul><li>But these Walios are “SPECIAL”!!!!! </li></ul>7
  12. 13. Infectious Disease Research <ul><li>What makes a disease infectious? </li></ul><ul><li>How is a disease “diagnosed”? </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of basic laboratory platforms to diagnose infectious diseases in a clinical setting and in the field </li></ul>8
  13. 14. Robotics <ul><li>Investigations in the world of robots: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roam </li></ul></ul>9
  14. 15. Sun Ezoon Cars <ul><li>Experience Solar Power </li></ul><ul><li>Create and race solar powered cars </li></ul>10
  15. 16. Touchdown – Shock Absorbing Vessels <ul><li>Design, build, and test a shock-absorbing vessel that could land on the surface of the moon while protecting the “astronauts” that it is carrying </li></ul>11
  16. 17. Launch It – Balloon Powered Rockets <ul><li>Using only the materials given you - design an air-powered rocket that can hit a target 5 feet away </li></ul>12
  17. 18. Bottle Rockets <ul><li>What does it take to get a rocket off the ground? </li></ul><ul><li>How can your design determine the height of the rocket? </li></ul><ul><li>What details are most important to a successful launch, flight, and recovery? </li></ul><ul><li>Create and launch your very own bottle rocket </li></ul>13
  18. 19. Physics of A Golf Swing Kinetic & Potential Energy <ul><li>Few golfers realize the game of golf provides a good physics lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know that every time a golfer swings his club, he's demonstrating both potential and kinetic energy </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to increase the speed of your golf swing </li></ul>14
  19. 20. STEM - online <ul><li>Investigate various interactive computer sites that pertain to STEM topics </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more about forensics, seismic waves, math, energy, space, the secret lives of animals, and much more! </li></ul>15
  20. 21. Rube Goldberg <ul><li>Making the simple…complex </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate the world of Rube Goldberg devices </li></ul><ul><li>Students will create & demonstrate their own contraption </li></ul><ul><li>Who REALLY can build the better mousetrap????? </li></ul>16
  21. 22. Paper Making <ul><li>Reduce….Reuse….Recycle </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about helping our environment while making your own paper </li></ul>17
  22. 23. Biotech Lab <ul><li>Are you interested in the use of bio-technology to learn more about the human body? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a “crooked cell”? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you ever wanted to act like a forensic scientist and use electrophoresis to create a DNA fingerprint??? </li></ul>SPECIAL NOTE – YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO GET PARENTAL PERMISSION TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTIVTY – NO EXCEPTIONS!!!! 18
  23. 24. Math – It Counts <ul><li>Qualification round </li></ul><ul><li>Design activity </li></ul><ul><li>Count down competition round </li></ul><ul><li>If you like math – you’ll love this!! </li></ul>SPECIAL NOTE – THIS ACTIVITY IS RESERVED FOR 6 TH & 7 TH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY!! 19
  24. 25. DNA Isolation <ul><li>Learn and apply the techniques used by scientists to extract DNA from a living cell </li></ul>20
  25. 26. Biodiversity <ul><li>Ever wonder what organisms are living in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore? Well this is your chance to “meet” them and learn about them – up close & personal. </li></ul><ul><li>How do these organisms compare to our local biodiversity? </li></ul>21
  26. 27. Renewable Energy <ul><li>Solar energy – investigate this renewable resource through hands-on activities </li></ul>22
  27. 28. Geocaching with GPS <ul><li>Use handheld GPS devices to mark locations, calculate relative distances and complete a scavenger hunt </li></ul>23
  28. 29. Tennis Ball Towers <ul><li>Simulate the construction of a structure that can withstand outdoor elements </li></ul><ul><li>Build a structure, using supplied materials, that can withstand both the weight of a tennis ball & the force of wind. </li></ul><ul><li>The ball should remain on top of the structure and the structure should remain intact given the force of the wind. </li></ul>24
  29. 30. Solid Rocket Engines <ul><li>Create & launch rockets that use a solid rocket engine </li></ul>25
  30. 31. Problem Solving Inventions <ul><li>Are you a creative problem solver?? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you work well with others??? </li></ul><ul><li>Working in teams of 4 – students will be given basic materials and directions to solve two problems. Teams will design & construct each of their solutions in 20 minutes and projects will be judged. </li></ul>26
  31. 32. Clean Room Suits & Drinking Straw Planes <ul><li>Just what is a “clean room suit”? </li></ul><ul><li>How are space crafts designed? </li></ul><ul><li>Working with an engineer from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab students will learn about spacecraft inner workings and aerodynamics of flight. </li></ul>27
  32. 33. Balsa Bridges <ul><li>Become an engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Build and test bridges made of Balsa wood </li></ul><ul><li>Will your structure be the most sturdy? </li></ul>28
  33. 34. Forensic Analysis <ul><li>Move over Criminal Minds & CSI </li></ul><ul><li>This is your chance to work & think like a forensic investigator. What elements actually go into a forensic investigation? Can you help solve the crime? Can you… the “unsub”? </li></ul>29
  34. 35. Origami – Super-sized <ul><li>Dodecahedron Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It has 12 Faces  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each face has 5 edges, and is actually a pentagon  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It has 30 Edges It has 20 Vertices (corner points) and at each vertex 3 edges meet  </li></ul></ul>Here’s your chance to take the art of paper folding to the next level by creating more complex objects such as the Dodecahedron and other polyhedra. 30
  35. 36. What goes up…… <ul><li>… .Must come down!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Try your skill at creating a roller coaster that must go up and down (using a matchbox car as the item to maneuver). </li></ul><ul><li>  Are you up for the challenge???? </li></ul>31
  36. 37. Mystery In The Kitchen <ul><li>A Chemical Property Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Are all white powders the same? What chemical properties can help you correctly identify the mystery powder? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you “stack” 4 different color liquids in the same container? Let’s find out… </li></ul>32
  37. 38. Bat Speed & Mechanical Advantage <ul><li>Working with engineering students from Walkersville High School here’s your chance to investigate how levers function to give advantage to various structures and…how to use engineering strategies to increase bat speed!! </li></ul>33