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Girls in Science

June 24–25, 2017
For girls entering grades 6-8

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Girls in Science

This camp encourages girls' interests in science and math by giving them hands-on learning and activities in an environment that is supportive, enriching and—most importantly—fun! The girls work with UW-La Crosse faculty and staff who encourage experimentation, investigation and involvement in the fields of math and science. 

  • hands-on experiments
  • your choice of nine workshops
  • taught by university faculty and staff
  • full campus experience with overnight stay

In addition to the activities, the girls experience a college campus, an overnight stay in a residence hall, campus meals, and social activities with peer students, university student assistants and faculty.

Special thanks to:

UWL Continuing Education and Extension
UWL College of Science and Health
Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Network 
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY)
Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center


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Registration

You will be assigned three workshops, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning, based on your ranking of class choices. Workshop assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. We try our best to assign each student one of her top choices, but class size limitations do not always make this possible.

Fee:

  • $169
  • Registration fee includes one night lodging in residence hall, Saturday snack and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch, program materials and tote bag.

Important:

To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

Registration deadlines & cancellation:

Registrations are accepted until June 9, 2017 or until enrollment is reached.

Cancellation policy:

Substitutions welcome. Full refund less $25 processing fee two weeks prior to event, no refunds thereafter. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: conted@uwlax.edu.
 
Registration implies permission for photos, publicity and inclusion in a participant list, unless Continuing Education/Extension is notified in writing prior to the program: conted@uwlax.edu.

Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2017 Scholarship Applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 
 
UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
conted@uwlax.edu
 
You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:
  • First page of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for 15% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
  • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions will be sent out on May 1, 2017. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is April 1, 2017.

Everyone is expected to pay at least 15% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.

2017 Girls In Science Workshops                           

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Group 1

Crystal Clear Science | Basu Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., Chemistry
What do water, salt, and minerals have in common? All have the potential to form a special substance called a crystal. Coming in different shapes, sizes and colors, crystals have wonderful physical properties. Perhaps that is why crystals often have special powers in literature and popular culture. We will explore the nature of crystals in this hands-on, fun and exciting workshop. And all participants will have the opportunity to make their own magical crystal of power!

Feelin’ Gassy? | Yevgeniya Turov, Ph.D., Chemistry and Tanya Cordes, M.S., Chemistry
In this laboratory, we will explore all kinds of gases. You will learn what kind of toothpaste an elephant might use, what happens when you break down the hydrogen peroxide your mom puts on your cuts, and how to make delicious ice cream with a little liquid magic! Come see why gases are one of the most exciting states of matter.

Making Bones Speak! | Amy Nicodemus, Ph.D., Archaeology/Anthropology
Ever wanted to be a forensic anthropologist like Temperance Brennan (Bones) or Dr Mallard on NCIS. How are they able to identify someone from just a few bones? In this workshop we’ll look at some (replica) human bones that were found in the woods. Who was this person? What did they look like? We’ll figure out the sex, age, height, and ancestry of the person from their bones, to help the police identify the remains, and see how real scientists work.

Group 2

Setting Sail! | Heidi Masters, Ph.D., Educational Studies
Your ship has crashed on a desolate island. There is no food or water left, but some wreckage from which you could build a sail boat. You must sail away immediately in order to survive. You will need to design a sail boat that is stable and fast enough to get you off the island.  Please join me and let’s see you put those engineering skills to work as you build and test your own sailboat. 

Mathematics in Graphs—It’s Cool! | Huiya Yan, Ph.D., Mathematics
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!

Designing Devices Using Makey Makeys | Josh Hertel, Ph.D., Mathematics
Have you ever wanted to make a wearable technology? Design your own touch interface? Create a game controller? In this session, we will be experimenting with devices called makey makeys that allow users to turn everyday objects (e.g., paperclips, boxes, Play-Doh®) into touchpads. Working collaboratively, teams of students will design and build devices that can control computer applications and scripts in the programming language Scratch. The hands-on session will feature a blend of engineering, mathematics, and computer science topics. No prior experience is necessary!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Featured Presentation: Physics in Action | Seth King, Ph.D., Physics

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.

Group 3

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

Zombie Brains! | Christine Schwartz, Ph.D., Biology and James Schanandore, M.S., Biology
In the movies, we see zombies stumbling around trying to eat more and more human brains!  In this workshop, you will be neuroscientists investigating zombie brains to find the cause of zombie behavior. You will learn all about zombies, investigate real brain samples, and determine how a normal, healthy person could potentially turn into an undead monster!

Blue Gold | Eric Strauss, Ph.D., Biology
The world’s most precious natural resource is not platinum, gold, or even diamond – it’s water!  All living organisms need water, clean water.  This workshop will explore the concepts of water quality and what clean water is and what it isn’t.  We’ll also see and use actual equipment used by water scientists to test water quality in a series of fun and informative laboratory exercises.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for financially disadvantaged students. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2017 scholarship applications are accepted until scholarship funds have been depleted. A minimum payment is due at time of registration.

Return this scholarship application and financial information to: 

UW-La Crosse Continuing Education
205 Morris Hall, 1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
conted@uwlax.edu

You must complete the scholarship application form and attach:

  • First page of your 2016 Federal Income Tax Form (child must be listed as exemption) or letter of explanation if one was not filed. This requirement may be waived if you provide a letter from child's school indicating the child received *free* meals at school. Once this is verified, you are responsible for 15% of the tuition fee for one program, payable at time of registration, not including supply/equipment fees.
  • Student's current grade report (must be in good academic standing)

Incomplete applications are not processed. Notification of scholarship decision and registration instructions will be sent on May 1, 2017. Scholarship application deadline for summer programs (June-August) is April 1, 2017.

Everyone is expected to pay at least 15% (rounded to the nearest dollar) of the cost of the program. Scholarships are good for one Continuing Education youth program per year only and does not include supply/equipment fees. Scholarships are not available for programs $300 or more.

Important:
To ensure the health and saftey of all children, each child must submit a health form prior to the event.

  • Health forms must be emailed to: conted@uwlax.edu
  • Submit your form a least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the event
  • Include the name of the program your child will attend in the body of your email
  • Children who do not submit a form will not be allowed to participate

Participants are assigned three workshops, one on Saturday and two on Sunday, based on their workshop rankings. Workshop assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We try our best to assign each student one of their top choices, but class size limitations do not always make this possible. Students stay overnight in the residence hall and participate in evening activities.

  • Students are expected to stay overnight in the residence hall and participate in evening activities.
  • Parent lodging information: contact the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.658.9424 or www.explorelacrosse.com for lodging information.

Residence halls and supervision:

UW-La Crosse alumni serve as counselors and are responsible for the supervision of the students outside class time. They develop a spirited atmosphere, lead them in activities, and ensure adherence to safety rules and other regulations. Additionally, all residence halls have adult residence assistants trained as counselors. The student-to-counselor ratio is approximately 10:1. Students need to bring all personal items. Sheets, blanket, pillow and pillowcase are provided. Residence halls feature TVs, room refrigerators, lounges and game rooms.

Insurance:

Participants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as limited accident insurance is provided by UW-La Crosse.

Questions:

For questions or additional information contact 608.785.6500 or conted@uwlax.edu.

Continuing Education and Extension | UW-La Crosse 
1725 State Street | 205 Morris Hall 
La Crosse, WI 54601 
866.895.9233