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:  Description coming soon. 

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: Description coming soon.

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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