Pioneering Your Future - Session Descriptions

2016 Session Descriptions

Computer Science/Software Engineering:  Hackety Hack

Software engineers create computer programs to help make the world a better, more efficient, and more fun place. Session participants will work to complete a simple but fun computer program using Hackety Hack, an easy program to learn the Ruby programming language.


biology: Exploring Animal Diversity, Up-Close and Personal

In our session, we will have the opportunity to get hands-on in the process of exploring animal diversity.  Using live critters from the UW-Platteville Animal House, we will get a chance to delve into what makes these organisms uniquely suited to their particular habitats and lifestyles, as well as consider what we all have in common as members of the animal kingdom!


Dairy Science:  From Bacteria to Cheese

We will explore how important bacteria are in helping the dairy animal turn feed into milk and then discover what bacteria turns that milk into delicious cheese!


Environmental Engineering:  Groundwater Investigation

Groundwater is water that flows underground and is accessed by many homeowners and cities that pump water from the wells to meet their drinking, bathing, cooking, and cleaning needs.  In this hands-on activity, students will get to watch water flow through a desk-top groundwater model to understand how water flows underground, to see how wells work, to see how aquifers can be easily contaminated.


Industrial Engineering: Increasing productivity by simple steps

Some modern manufacturing systems basic conscepts will be used to increase the productivity of a workstation that produces certain products. These concepts improve the use of resources available for production and reduce wasting time and materials. The students will measure the performance before and after applying these concepts.


Mathematics: Mathematcial Modeling

This activity is designed to incorporate measurement, proportional reasoning, and algebra to make predictions.


Physiology: Making a Pulse Oximeter

A pulse oximeter (pronounced ox-IM-uh-ter, also called pulse ox) is a small device that measures the level of oxygen in the blood (oxygen saturation) and can monitor the heart rate. It does this by shining light through your finger and measuring how much light is transmitted. During this session you will be making a do it yourself fingertip pulse oximeter using some very simple electronic pieces. This device is placed on a fingertip and takes just moments to get the measurements. It is non-invasive, totally safe and tons of fun! People use pulse oximeters to monitor health. For example, low oxygen levels can indicate a health problem. Pilots or climbers at high elevation (where oxygen levels are lower) will also show reduced oxygen levels in their blood when they are initially exposed to these conditions.



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