Student Workshops

Experimentation & Discovery

Several hands-on workshops, designed for students in grades 1-8, will lead participants through the exciting process of experimentation and discovery. Workshops will take place the week of February 26 through March 1, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The best part? There’s no charge to your school for these workshops!

    There is a maximum of 180 students per day.

    PRIMARY (Grades 1-4)
    Monday, Feb 26 (OPEN)
    Tuesday, Feb. 27 (OPEN)
    INTERMEDIATE (Grades 4-7)
    Wednesday, Feb. 28 (OPEN)
    Thursday, Mar. 1 (OPEN)

Registration closes February 16, 2018.

Primary Workshops Intermediate Workshops


WORKSHOP TIMES: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am until 1:30 pm
(6 workshops +30 minute lunch break)


SCIENCE WEEK LINKS

Have a Question?


Maria Ferguson
ferguson@pittcon.org

800-825-3221, x208


Don’t Miss Science Week

February 26 – March 1, 2018

Orange County
Convention Center

Participation Info
Submittal of an application does not guarantee your space in the event, but we will seek to accommodate as many requests as possible.

You will be notified as to the status of your registration in the next few weeks. An additional email will be sent at a later date containing important information regarding unloading/loading instructions, onsite details and parking information.

  • Be sure to check session availability before making your selections.
  • Spots are filled on a first-come/first-serve basis
  • Students MUST arrive by 8:45 AM.
  • Students MUST be chaperoned by a minimum of one adult for each 10-12 students.

Primary Workshops (Grades 1-4)
    Monday & Tuesday, February 26-27, 2018
Bubble-ology
Gina Malczewski, Midland Section American Chemical Society

Attendees will learn about bubbles, surfactants, gases (air, oxygen, and carbon dioxide) through demos and hands-on activities. They will also use bubbles to make take-away art, and get bubble gum.

Teaching Science with Toys
Karen Levitt, PhD, Duquesne University

Teaching Science with Toys, for which Dr. Levitt was awarded the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award.

Light, Color, and Spectroscopy
John Varine ,Kiski Area School District (ret.), SSP-SACP

Students will view a large and very bright visible spectrum (rainbow?). They will see how the spectrum, together with other materials can demonstrate why colors appear the way they do, addition & subtraction of colors, and understand the value and uses of light (spectroscopy) in science & everyday life.

Pittcon Planetarium
Pittcon Staff

Using a digital planetarium projector and a laser pointer, students will be guided through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear.

Wind Tubes Challenge
Nicole Rivera, Orlando Science Center

Students will work in small groups to meet an engineering goal. They will be tasked with designing and creating a weather device to hover inside a wind tube for at least 3 seconds. Students will learn about hurricanes and how engineers are able to create technologies to better predict hurricanes. They will collaborate to create a plan before creating their design and testing it out!

Exploring Charges
Shawn Miller, Lab Ratz Science Inc.

Students learn how positive and negative charges interact with one another. Students experiment with magnets, and electromagnets to learn how they are similar to electrical charges. Students also use electricity to learn about static and currents, as well as what the difference is between an insulator and a conductor.

Block Party
Joseph DeGroot, Woodland Hills School District

Students will engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as they move from structured inquiry, to controlled inquiry, to free inquiry in a hands-on kinesthetic workshop. Students will need to collaborate, problem solve, and critically think as they build 3D structures that progressively become more difficult and advanced. Support will gradually be released to ensure students utilize teamwork to accomplish the task. This race against the clock has all the elements of Next Generation Science Standards that can be applied to any grade level.

Intermediate Workshops (Grades 5-8)
    Wednesday & Thursday, February 28, March 1, 2018
Block Party
Megan Melucci, Franklin Regional School District, SSP

Students will engage in Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) as they move from structured inquiry, to controlled inquiry, to guided inquiry, to free inquiry in a hands-on kinesthetic workshop. Students will need to collaborate, problem solve, and critically think as they build 3-D structures that progressively become more difficult and advanced. Support will gradually be released each round to ensure students utilize teamwork to accomplish the task. This race against the clock has all of the elements of Next Generation Science Standards and can be applied to any grade level.

Acids, Bases, and Indicators
Kerry Holzworth, PhD, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, SSP-SACP

This workshop starts with two colorful, attention–getting demonstrations and the science behind those demonstrations. As background information some definitions and theories pertaining to acids, bases, and indicators are presented. Next during the hands-on section of the workshop students use color changes of Red Cabbage indicator to test household solutions to determine if each solution is acidic, basic or neutral. During the wrap-up portion of the workshop students verbally review their color change vs pH results for each solution they tested. All participants are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with these activities, and that’s “no lye!”

Light, Color, and Spectroscopy
John Varine ,Kiski Area School District (ret.), SSP-SACP

Students will view a large and very bright visible spectrum (rainbow?). They will see how the spectrum, together with other materials can demonstrate why colors appear the way they do, addition & subtraction of colors, and understand the value and uses of light (spectroscopy) in science & everyday life.

Density – It Will Float Your Boat
Gina Malczewski, Midland Section American Chemical Society

Attendees will make a take-away density column using the scientific method to predict the fate of each layer, and experiment with changes in water (through salt addition) and temperature relative to their impact on densities.

Wind Tubes Challenge
Nicole Rivera, Orlando Science Center

Students will work in small groups to meet an engineering goal. They will be tasked with designing and creating a weather device to hover inside a wind tube for at least 3 seconds. Students will learn about hurricanes and how engineers are able to create technologies to better predict hurricanes. They will collaborate to create a plan before creating their design and testing it out!

Zombie Attack
Marjorie Miles-Dozier, Polk County Schools

In this workshop students will learn how to detect, track and potentially create a cure for a zombie attack!!! The students will simulate ELISA detection case in a hands on investigation that guides them through cell structure and function, immune system, brain structures and epidemiology. Finally, they will create a cure for this deadly infection and present to fellow participants.

Pittcon Planetarium
Pittcon Staff

Using a digital planetarium projector and a laser pointer, students will be guided through the stars of the Northern Hemisphere exactly as they appear.

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