University of New Haven offers science workshops for youth

Engineering and science workshops for students in 5th to 10th grade will take place at the University of New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate National Engineer Week.

Students from both UNH and the Engineering and Science University Magnet School will run the activities, which are open to students from any area school. Cost is $20, including lunch.

“We believe that encouraging students to apply science with hands-on experiences will allow them to discover how much fun topics like chemistry, physics and engineering can be,” said Tiffany Hesser, a UNH lecturer in chemistry who will coordinate the workshop with Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  “It is these personal experiences with the materials that will give students a deeper understanding of the theory often taught in the classroom.”

Sessions for older students will include:

·         The Dynamics of Mini-Golf: Students in the session will design and construct a pendulum to serve as a golf club.  They will then calculate the correct pendulum length for the pendulum to function efficiently.

·         The Logic behind Video Games: Students will learn basics of computer programming and logic through the creation of a video game, including how to read keyboard inputs, control a player, control timers, and create a playable environment.

·         Saturated Solutions are Sometimes Super: Students will make solids magically appear out of liquid solutions.

Younger students will be offered:

·         Two sessions on robotics, an introductory session and one for “fanatics.”

·         The Art of Debate: How to effectively pose an argument, often necessary to sell an idea.

Advance registration is required by Feb. 19 by emailing UNHDay@gmail.com.  For more information, contact Tiffany Hesser at thesser@newhaven.edu.

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