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Expanding Your Horizons

Michelle Schwartz
Student Engagement Coordinator for the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences


Schedules and Workshops

Each girl receives a personalized schedule on the day of the event based on the trio of workshops she selects at the time of online registration. The tentative schedule for Expanding Your Horizons for the October 27, 2018 program is as follows.

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.Registration at Owings Mills North Academic Center
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.Welcome and Keynote Address
9:45 - 9:55 a.m.Snack and travel to Session I
10 - 11 a.m.Session I
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.Session IIA/Lunch A
12:20 - 1:20 p.m.Session IIB/Lunch B
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Session III
2:40 - 2:50 p.m.Closing Session
2:55 - 3:15 p.m.Child Check-out/Pick-up
(Note: Parents must come and sign out their children)

Parents or guardians must come in with the girls to sign-in at registration and also come in to sign-out the girls at pick-up. Please remember to bring your photo identification to check-out your daughter.

The girls travel in cohorts throughout the day based on their selection during online registration. There can be no substitutions of the workshops. If your daughter participated in one of the workshops listed last year, you should select a different trio for her.

If you have a special request to place your daughter with a friend, it must be stated at the time of registration. Please email  right away to let us know your preference and we will do our best to accommodate.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel and request a refund before 10/1/2018, we can provide a full refund of your registration fee. However, if you cancel on or after 10/1, we cannot refund the registration fee and we thank you for your donation.

2018 Workshop Descriptions

Trio 1: Brain Games

Möbius Magic
Stevenson University Mathematics Faculty Volunteer
Why did the chicken cross the Möbius strip? To get to the same side. Students will play with paper, scissors and tape and discover the wonders of cutting a ring in half to get a larger ring. Or two interlocking rings. Limited only by a willingness to experiment!

Psychology of Cinema
Stevenson University Film and Video Faculty Volunteer
How do you feel when you watch a TV show or movie? Students will learn how movies and TV use framing, size, color, movement and more to affect and manipulate the audience's emotion. Then students will have the opportunity to create their own short video piece!

Psychology of Sensation and Perception
Morgan State University Faculty Volunteer
Make sense? Interactive demonstrations on the sensation and perception of taste, touch, sight and sound.

Trio 2: Fun with Bio and Chem! 

Additional Workshop TBD
Duquesne University Volunteer

Rub-a-Dub-Dub: The Chemistry of Soap
Johns Hopkins University Volunteer
Does soap make dirt disappear? How is detergent a stain-buster? Students will learn about the chemistry behind how soap and detergents work, and will have the opportunity to make some soap to take home.

The Chemistry of Glow Sticks
Stevenson University Chemistry Faculty Volunteers
Is it creepy or cool to glow in the dark? Students will perform experiments to explain how glow sticks work and why they are cool lights.

Trio 3: Exploring STEM

A Day in the Life of an Architect
American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter (AIABaltimore) Volunteers
Do you rearrange your room all the time? Have you ever wondered what architects actually do? In the workshop students will create their own Architectural drawings, participate in a design competition, learn about design and how buildings stand up. Join volunteers from the AIABaltimore to explore the built environment!

Environmental Science: Protecting Groundwater Resources
S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, Inc. Volunteers
Students will learn about groundwater and aquifers, and what professional environmental scientists do to help protect groundwater resources with hands-on demonstrations and experiments.

DNA Detectives
Stevenson University Forensic Science Club Volunteers
Did the criminal use gloves? Students will use the forensic technique of DNA fingerprinting to solve a crime. They will analyze DNA samples from the crime scene to find a match with one of three suspects.

Trio 4: STEM Fun!

CRISPR - gene editing... the game!
Stevenson University Schools of Science and Design Faculty Volunteers
Have you ever wondered about how DNA works? Have you thought about how games have the ability to teach you new things? Science and art often come together to illustrate concepts that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye. Students at Stevenson University have developed games to help teach the science of CRISPR to middle school students. CRISPR is a gene-editing tool that is revolutionizing the field of genetic engineering.

Come play these games while learning about CRISPR, how it works, and the challenges of this impactful discovery in science, and see what the buzz is all about!

The Science of Sound
University of Maryland School of Medicine Volunteers
Turn it up!  Ever wonder how your favorite songs are brought to your ears? Students will learn all about the basic physics of sound, then code their own sound, and play it through their very own cup speaker.

Additional Workshop TBD
Johns Hopkins University Volunteer

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