featured sunday presentation:

Light bulb.Physics in Action! - morning feature presentation

See a physicist lie on a bed of nails, kids standing on light bulbs without breaking them, a ping-pong ball shot through an empty can, a magnet taking a minute to fall to the ground, a lightbulb glowing without wires, and a racquetball that shatters when thrown against the wall.  Learn how rockets work, why ice skaters can spin so fast, and why bicycles are easier to ride fast than slow.
~Seth King, Ph.D., Physics, UW-La Crosse

program descriptions:

Crime Scene Investigation: The Case of Jason Worth
A missing heir, Jason Worth, comes from a world of money, power and mystery. Discover who kidnapped Jason Worth by analyzing blood samples, finger prints and other evidence to solve the crime. 
~Faye Ellis, M.S, Biology

Hunter's Road Kill Café
Hunter and his family run the Road Kill Café and they’re not feeling that great today. They have been eating too much meat from their menu. What has caused their aches and pains? Was it the squirrel soup, the skunk hot dog, or the deer ice cream? Given their ailments, it will be your job to discover the cause and learn how microbiology can be used to prevent similar illnesses in the future.
~Andrea Peirce, Ph.D., Microbiology

Mathematics in Graphs- it’s cool!
Problem 1: You are trying to organize a pool party with all of your friends. Your parents want you to get some extra exercise, so instead of calling friends, you need to bike to each friends home. This requires you to bike on every street in your neighborhood. Can you find the optimal route such that you will bike over the same streets as little as possible so that you can get back to the starting point and get started on the swimming party sooner? Problem 2: Your family is taking a summer road trip to several national parks and then returning home. Can you help design a shortest route so that you can see all the parks on the plan while still saving you loads of time stuck in the back seat? The above problems look similar but they are different. How can we solve them using graphs? Let’s discover some math in graphs!
~Huiya Yan, Ph.D., Mathematics

Movie Production through Computer Programming
Learn the basics of computer programming by writing, directing and filming a movie script. Construct a virtual 3D world involving dancing figure skaters, singing frogs and polar penguins. Using programming script, direct and record a movie using a virtual camera.
~Brad Shutters, Ph.D., Computer Science

Mrs. Jones's Kidney Problem
Mrs. Jones lives with her family in Wales, a country on the Isle of Great Britain in the United Kingdom.  She has diabetes, a condition that can be very hard on the kidneys.  Sadly, the extent of her kidney damage has put Mrs. Jones on the kidney transplant waiting list, along with over 6,000 other people in the United Kingdom. However, we need to find someone who can donate a kidney that will be a good match for Mrs. Jones. Learn how kidneys are donated, what it means for a donor kidney to be a good match, and why we are more likely to find the best match among family members.  Together we will test Mrs. Jones's family members in search of the best possible life-saving kidney donor.
~Marisa Barbknecht, M.S., Microbiology

Shards of the Past: Experimental Archaeology
Stones, bones, potsherds: these are often all that archaeologists have to reconstruct past lifeways. Using Artifacts recording 12,000 years of Wisconsin prehistory, and experiments in stone tool manufacture and
pottery making we'll explore how ancient peoples lived and adapted, and how archaeologists can reconstruct the past.
~Connie Arzigian, Ph.D., Archaeology

Simulating Rover Missions on Mars with Lego Mindstorms
As a junior member of NASA, you are used to tackling tough problems. The first manned mission to Mars has gone well, but the harsh atmosphere of the Red Planet makes it necessary to use rovers for gathering and transporting resources, supplies, and people. These robots require continual modification and reprogramming. Without dedicated robotics engineers, such as yourself, the mission is doomed to fail. Are you up to the challenge? In this session, students will work in small groups to create rovers using Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits. These rovers will need to overcome obstacles that simulate the kinds of challenges that may be encountered by astronauts on Mars. Using a blend of engineering and mathematics, students will work collaboratively to build and program rovers. We will end the session by testing out each group's rover in a small obstacle course.
~Josh Hertel, Ph.D., Mathematics/Engineering

When Light and Matter Collide, There’s Chemistry!
From the colors we see in a rainbow to glow-in-the-dark toys, light-matter interactions are the source of these phenomena. We will investigate what matter is and how light can be reflected, absorbed and even emitted from matter. An investigation of some common household items with unusual light-matter interactions will be investigated.
~Kendric Nelson, Ph.D., Chemistry

Zombies & Math: Will the Zombies Win?
Have you ever wondered if zombies will actually take over the human race? In this workshop, we will discover how we can use mathematics to predict if a zombie apocalypse is eminent. We will also conduct some "experiments" to see if our mathematical predictions are close to real life.
~Robert F. Allen, Ph.D., Mathematics

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