Summer 2021 Workshops

Chemistry on Canvas: The Science of Colorants in Paintings | Chemistry
Learn about the chemistry of artists’ pigments, how scientists use analytical methods to identify colorants used on paintings hundreds of years old, and the scientific tools used to identify fake art!
Consciousness – Self, Science, and Society | Neuroscience
Explore the most exciting philosophic and scientific questions in the study of one of neuroscience’s great mysteries: consciousness. Learn about the nervous system, neuroimaging techniques used to record brain activity, and populations exhibiting abnormal consciousness. How is consciousness portrayed in pop culture (e.g., movies like Inception)? How are we aware of ourselves and the world around us? 
Creating a small video game using Construct 3 | Computer Science
Learn and build your own video game through an online, 2D game editor called Construct 3, which uses visual programming (blocks) to create games. At the end, you will be equipped to create games similar to Super Mario, snake, flappy bird. Note: Construct 3 is similar to game engines like Unity, which is used to make 3D games, however, Construct 3 is only used for 2D games. 
Design of New Materials using Supercomputers | Physics & Computer Science
Explore the power of supercomputers, how they work and design new materials. You will explore questions like if supercomputers can help us discover new materials which are stronger, tougher, or have exciting new properties and how they are used to find the next battery for our cellphones that would last for days. 
Electronic Music Online | Engineering
In this workshop, we will teach you how to build some simple circuits using “TinkerCad,” an online electronic simulation environment. We’ll learn some basics, and then move on to make cool circuits that produce musical sounds, with lights added in for fun too! Some examples include a theremin and a piano. We’ll also learn some ideas about the math behind musical notes along the way. 
Exploring the (Simulated) Universe | Astronomy
Take a guided tour through the Universe using data from state-of-the-art simulations run on some of the largest supercomputers in the world and learn about galaxy evolution by exploring real simulation data in small groups, answering fundamental questions in astrophysics like what determines a galaxy’s shape and where are the most massive black holes.
Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) |Computer Science
Learn the basics of ArcGIS, a powerful software that connects people and data using interactive maps. You will learn how to use maps to tell a story about data & explore how GIS can help discover relationships hidden in spatial data. 
Living forces: Mechanics in biology | Biology & Engineering
The key drivers behind how our brain gets its beautiful folds and the unique patterns are mechanical forces. In this workshop, we will use a combination of lectures, in-lab demoes, and DIY experiments to show you the fascinating world of biomechanics
Mechanics and Biology | Biology & Engineering 
This workshop provides a basic hands-on experience and overview of the complex mechanical properties that are exhibited by biological materials, such as tissues, organs, and cells. We will create different types of materials, with distinctive mechanical properties, using simple recipes, and we will measure them and characterize their behaviors.
Molecule by Molecule | Chemistry
Chemists “see” the nanoscopic world of atoms and molecules with light. We see chemical bonds forming and breaking with colors of light ranging from the ultraviolet to the infrared and build instruments to carefully measure what our eyes cannot. In this workshop, you will learn the inner workings of microscopes and build your very own.
Neuroeconomics: The science of decision-making | Neuroscience
Neuroeconomics combines ideas from neuroscience, economics and psychology to study how people make decisions. It’s an excellent example of how STEM expertise is essential for the study of human behavior. In this discussion-based workshop, you will be introduced to neuroeconomics and learn the role mathematics and computer science have in the field. You will also develop an experiment to measure a particular human choice behavior, learn how to translate the experiment into an fMRI one, and more
Peanuts to Plasma Cells: Exploring Allergy and Immunology | Biology
The immune system is possibly the most complex body system, and without it, survival would be impossible. You’ll learn the basic parts of the immune system, how they are organized, and how they come together to protect you from disease. How does the immune system cause allergies to food, pollen, and other environmental stimuli.
Sensory Physiology Club | Biology
Touch, temperature, tastes, and smells provide important information from the environment that our bodies need in order to perform essential functions. We’ll explore our senses through hands-on experiments like infrared imaging, touch, and temperature sensitivity assays, taste experiments, and electrophysiological recordings from insects. 
The Power of Electrochemistry | Chemistry
Electrochemistry is the study of chemical changes that either produce or use electricity. The principles of electrochemistry are relevant to battery technology, sustainable energy, and chemical transformations. This course will cover three modules: batteries, solar panels, and electrocatalysis. 
The Science of Light | Physics
Light is all around us: it is what enables us to see things, what we use to encode information, what we master to process materials, among so many other things. If these don’t sound cool enough, note that our body is constantly radiating light to the far universe! In this workshop, we will talk about the very basics of light and how light interact with materials. Several remote lab demo sessions on fascinating light-related phenomena will be conducted in my laboratory.
Through the Clouds (Introduction to the Cloud) | Computer Science
Cloud systems are used for hosting Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, YouTube, TikTok, and more! We’ll take an introductory look at cloud computing, with live demos on programming cloud systems in a high-level language like Python. By the end, you’ll understand how mobile apps interact with cloud infrastructures, how you can build cloud services using cloud infrastructures, and what the future of 
the cloud might look like.
The College Essay! |Creative Writing & College Prep 
Nine Days; one killer essay. Can you do it? Yes, you can. In this workshop, you will learn to write the positive stories that unveil who you are, at your best, to a college admissions officer. This is a Creative Writing experience, not an English class. We have helped hundreds of high school seniors write college essays that they feel very good about. You could be one of them if you show up to Zoom this course! Note: All rising seniors will be enrolled in this workshop.