HANDS-ON SCIENCE
A science day-camp for kids entering grades 6–8
June 22–23, 2022 | University Wisconsin-La Crosse

Each group offers a selection of workshops. Choose the group that aligns best with your interests:

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Group 1

Bouncy Ball Factory
Heidi Masters,
Ph.D., Educational Studies
Who doesn't love playing with bouncy balls?  Bouncy balls are even more fun when you get to engineer your own and test how well it bounces.  Let's get together and bounce.

Recording Human Movement
Hanni Cowley, MPT, ABPTS, DPT and Thomas Almonroeder, Ph.D., Physical Therapy
The human body is AMAZING!  The brain sends electrical signals to contract muscles, and muscles pull on bones to create movements like jumping, running, and balance.  Learn how technology can be used to view and measure muscle activity and capture human motion, as well as how this information can be used to improve health, prevent injuries, and even create realistic character movements in movies and video games!

It's Electric! Jennifer Docktor, Phd, M.S.- Physics
Explore the science of electricity by making objects move without touching them, building circuits with light bulbs and motors, and making an electromagnet. It will be a hair-raising experience! 

How Many Fish Are In The Sea?
Matt Chedister, B.S., MMT, Ed.D. - Mathematics
               
Ever wonder how we can count all the fish in the ocean?  In this lab, we'll develop methods for determining large numbers without doing a lot of counting.

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GROUP 2

Recording Human Movement
Hanni Cowley and Thomas Almonroeder, Ph.D.- Physical Therapy
The human body is AMAZING!  The brain sends electrical signals to contract muscles, and muscles pull on bones to create movements like jumping, running, and balance.  Learn how technology can be used to view and measure muscle activity and capture human motion, as well as how this information can be used to improve health, prevent injuries, and even create realistic character movements in movies and video games!

The Mighty Heart: See It, Feel It, Hear It, and Work It! 
Sumei Liu, Ph.D., M.S. - Biology
The heart pumps blood throughout the body without rest for our entire lives. What is the heart made of and how does it work? In this workshop, you will learn the functions of the heart by seeing the heart model, feeling your pulses, hearing your heartbeats, and working your heart by different exercises.    
When Light and Matter Collide, There’s Chemistry
Kendric Nelson – Chemistry/BioChem
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 using common household items with unusual light-matter interactions.

The Case of the Kidnapped Eagle 
Basudeb Bhattacharyya, Ph.D., B.S. Chemistry/BioChem
Stryker the Eagle, UWL’s beloved mascot, has been kidnapped! We need your help! Several suspects have been identified. Put your detective skills to use by obtaining clues and performing hands-on chemistry in order to decipher the mystery behind this kidnapping, rescue Stryker, and put the culprit behind bars.    

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GROUP 3

Occupational Therapy: Hold onto What’s Important!
Polly Berra, M.S. – Occupational Therapy
Do you like helping people? Come and explore the health profession of Occupational Therapy! In this workshop, you will learn to test and treat hand weakness then explore your environment using tools that help people with disabilities do the things that are important to them. (Polly Berra – Masters in Occupational Therapy)  

Investigating the Why? Behind Eating and Breathing. 
Marisa Barbknecht – Masters in Biology, Bachelors in Microbiology 
We must eat and breathe to stay alive--but WHY?  We'll investigate what our bodies do with food and oxygen by using life-sized models of a human body and performing an experiment to learn what another living organism, the bread yeast, does when given plenty of these two basic necessities.  We'll even learn WHY a yeast 'exhales' carbon dioxide just like we do!   

Bouncy Ball Factory
Dr. Heidi Masters- Educational Studies
Who doesn't love playing with bouncy balls?  Bouncy balls are even more fun when you get to engineer your own and test how well it bounces.  Let's get together and bounce.

When Light and Matter Collide, There’s Chemistry
Dr. Kendric Nelson – Chemistry/BioChem
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 using common household items with unusual light-matter interactions.

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GROUP 4

The Mighty Heart: See It, Feel It, Hear It, and Work It! 
Dr. Sumei Liu - Biology
The heart pumps blood throughout the body without rest for our entire lives. What is the heart made of and how does it work? In this workshop, you will learn the functions of the heart by seeing the heart model, feeling your pulses, hearing your heartbeats, and working your heart by different exercises.

The Case of the Kidnapped Eagle 
Dr. Basudeb Bhattacharyya Chemistry/BioChem
Stryker the Eagle, UWL’s beloved mascot, has been kidnapped! We need your help! Several suspects have been identified. Put your detective skills to use by obtaining clues and performing hands-on chemistry in order to decipher the mystery behind this kidnapping, rescue Stryker, and put the culprit behind bars.     

Solids and Liquids and Gases, Oh My! 
Dr. Todd Weaver, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Everything around us is made from one of the three states of matter (solid, liquid, or gas). We will conduct hands on experiments with all three states of matter, including "How much cargo can my tin foil boat carry?" to "How can we make ice cream without an ice cream maker?" We will learn that states of matter are cool and fun to work with!

It's Electric! Dr. Jennifer Docktor - Physics
Explore the science of electricity by making objects move without touching them, building circuits with light bulbs and motors, and making an electromagnet. It will be a hair-raising experience! 

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GROUP 5

Investigating the Why? Behind Eating and Breathing. 
Marisa Barbknecht – Masters in Biology, Bachelors in Microbiology 
We must eat and breathe to stay alive--but WHY?  We'll investigate what our bodies do with food and oxygen by using life-sized models of a human body and performing an experiment to learn what another living organism, the bread yeast, does when given plenty of these two basic necessities.  We'll even learn WHY a yeast 'exhales' carbon dioxide just like we do! 

Occupational Therapy: Hold onto What’s Important!
Polly Berra, M.S. – Occupational Therapy
Do you like helping people? Come and explore the health profession of Occupational Therapy! In this workshop, you will learn to test and treat hand weakness then explore your environment using tools that help people with disabilities do the things that are important to them. (Polly Berra – Masters in Occupational Therapy) 

How Many Fish Are In The Sea? Dr. Matt Chedister - Mathematics             
Ever wonder how we can count all the fish in the ocean?  In this lab, we'll develop methods for determining large numbers without doing a lot of counting.

Solids and Liquids and Gases, Oh My! 
Dr. Todd Weaver, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Everything around us is made from one of the three states of matter (solid, liquid, or gas). We will conduct hands on experiments with all three states of matter, including "How much cargo can my tin foil boat carry?" to "How can we make ice cream without an ice cream maker?" We will learn that states of matter are cool and fun to work with!

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