Students invited to Explore the Worlds

Explore the Worlds of Engineering, Science, and Information Sciences and Technology on Saturday, March 7, when Penn State York opens its doors to middle and high school students.

The program, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers a variety of hands-on activities for students, including "Be a Crime Scene Investigator" with Robert Farrell, associate professor of biology; "Phun with Physics" with Kip Trout, senior instructor in physics; and "Lego Mindstorm Robotics" with Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering. Other topics include "Efficient Bridge Design" with Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering and "Spinning the Web" with Emily Wenk, instructor in information sciences and technology, and Tara Verity, Penn State York information sciences and technology student.

Penn State York faculty will lead students in a variety of activities that introduce them to science, engineering, and information sciences and technology. New this year are workshops for parents to learn more about preparing their students for college. Stay an hour or the entire time.

Beginning at 2 p.m., watch the breaking of the bridges during the Bridge Building Competition being held in conjunction with Explore the Worlds. The event, sponsored by the Lincoln Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for Professional Engineers, offers high school students a chance to construct a bridge and then test it to see how strong it is. Bridge registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and all bridges must be registered prior to the start of the competition. Bridge kits are still available and can be picked up at C.S. Davidson, 38 North Duke St., York. For additional details about this event please contact Tim Koppenhaver at (717) 846-4805. This program is free and open to the public.

For more information on Explore the Worlds, visit http://www2.yk.psu.edu/explore/ online or call (717) 771-4040 or (800) 776-6227.

Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

9 a.m. Workshop Registration
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshops for students begin/Workshops for parents begin
1-2 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
2 p.m. Bridge Building Competition: Watch or be a Participant! Preregistration for bridge competition is required.


"Be a Crime Scene Investigator"

Robert Farrell, associate professor of biology
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
The world of forensics is becoming more sophisticated each day. The techniques and methods have not only revolutionized the criminal justice system, but have also captured the imagination of a very large television viewing audience. In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to learn about the standard techniques and equipment commonly used to solve crimes; some of the myths surrounding the discipline will also be dispelled. Questions about Penn State's new forensics major will be answered.

"Efficient Bridge Design"
Chuck Gaston, assistant professor of engineering
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Using only "Lego-type" blocks and a limited amount of masking tape, design and build a bridge which will be weighed and then tested to destruction. The measure of efficiency is maximum load supported/bridge weight.

"Spinning the Web"

Emily Wenk, instructor in information sciences and technology
Tara Verity, Penn State York information sciences and technology student
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
Find out how programmers create Web pages in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to turn a simple text file into a Web page, how to get images to display, how to change background and font (type) colors, how to use different fonts, and how to use an image for a background. Participants will go home with a CD with the Web page on it and plenty of reference to helpful Web sites where more images and information are available free.


"Phun with Physics"

Kip Trout, senior instructor in physics
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
Come explore the incredible world of physics with hands-on demonstrations! Spinning wheels, homemade motors, sparking electrodes, air blowers, computer sensors, and more make this workshop fun as well as educational. Adult supervision is required for people under 12-years-old.


"Lego Mindstorm Robotics"

Michael Marcus, associate professor of engineering
10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon
Come build and program a robot vehicle complete with touch sensors.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010