• STEAM Day

    Workshop Descriptions  

        A B C
      Workshop 11:30 12:30 1:30
    1 A Berry Sweet Look At DNA (Gr 4-5) X X  
    2 Art With Sphero Robots (Gr 4-8) X X  
    3 Articulated Hand Workshop (Gr 4-8) X X  
    4 Beat The Bomb (Gr 6-8) X X
    5 Breakout! Beat The Locks (Gr 4-5)   X X
    6 Bringing Astronomy Down To Earth (4-8) X X X
    7 Coding With HTML, Advanced (Gr 4-8) X    
    8 Coding With HTML, Beginners (Gr 4-8)   X  
    9 Creating Graphics With Code (Gr 4-8) X X X
    10 Cryptanalysis 101 (Gr 4-8) X X
    11 Design Sustainable Clothing For
 Space Exploration (Gr 4-5) X X  
    12 Designing Apps Using XCode (Gr 6-8)   X X
    13 Digital Music Production (Gr 4-8)   X X
    14 Edison Robots (Gr 6-8) X X X
    15 First Aid Training (Gr 6-8)   X X
    16 Fun With Chemistry (Gr 4-8) X    
    17 Green Propellant Emission Challenge (Gr 4-8)   X X
    18 Keep Calm And Do The Math (Gr 7-8)   X X
    19 Kinetic Sculptures Melding 
Physics And Art (Gr 4-8) X   X
    20 NASA Space Science – Math In 
Motion (Gr 4-8) X X  
    21 Polymer Science (Gr 4-8) X X X
    22 Robotics - Sense, Think & Act (Gr 4-8) X X X
    23 Scratch Coding (Gr 4-5)   X  
    24 Scratch Coding (Gr 6-8)     X
    25 Solar Circuits (Gr 4-8) X X  
    26 Time Travel With Stellarium (Gr 4-8) X X X
    27 Unmaking To Make (Gr 4-8)   X X
    28 Wanna Build Your Own Watson? (4-8) X X X

     

    .: 1. A Berry Sweet Look At DNA :.  
    You have probably heard or learned about DNA, but have you ever seen it? In this workshop, participants will take strawberries, extract and actually see their DNA, a material that encodes how most living things look and function. We will discuss chromosomes, genes, and how they help you inherit certain traits like the color of your hair or eyes. Presented by SHS student Alison Chan.
    Grades: 4-5, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 2. Art With Sphero Robots :.  
    Did you know that a Sphero robot can paint? Come learn how to control your Sphero and create works of art! Use mathematical concepts, or experiment to see how patterns in your computer program come to life on the canvas. This session will include an introduction to programming a Sphero using block programing on the iPad. A hands-on robotic painting session will follow. This activity promises to make artists out of all involved! Please wear your painting clothes. Presented by GA and QR Technology teachers Lynne Torrey and John Calvert.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 3. Articulated Hand Workshop :.  
    Our hands are fascinating feats of nature. The bones, ligaments, muscles, joints and tendons all work together when we move our fingers. Each part of the anatomy is vital to give us the dexterity we need to do everyday tasks. In this workshop, students will learn about the anatomy of the hand and create a model of the hand using simple craft supplies. Presented by Dr. Lori Weiser and Heathcote Art teacher Erin Cameron.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 4. Beat The Bomb :.  
    OCadets your time has come to prove yourselves! Teamwork is essential. Your final task: take what you have learned, solve the puzzles, decipher the clues and disarm the BOMB to save the world! In this exciting, timed, interactive adventure you will use logic, math and instinct to piece together clues and decipher codes. You only have 30 minutes so work swiftly! Can you and your team disarm the bomb? Presented by Hour To Exit Escape Games.
    Grades: 6-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 5. Breakout! Beat The Locks :.  
    Perhaps you have escaped the room, but can you open the locks in time to solve the crime? In this exciting interactive adventure designed for 4th-5thgraders, you will use logic, math and instinct to piece together the clues, decipher the codes and open the locks to solve the crime! Presented by SHS Computer Science Teacher, Greg Leong.
    Grades: 4-5, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 6. Bringing Astronomy Down To Earth :.  
    How do astronomers learn about the Sun, other stars and black holes? Engaging, hands-on activities involving flashlights, TV remotes, and plastic beads will demonstrate how astronomers are able to detect both the visible and invisible energies of the electromagnetic spectrum (visible light, Infrared, and ultraviolet). Students will also learn how, by accurately modeling several of the objects that make up our Solar System, they can gain a much better understanding of the size and distance dimensions of the Solar System. Presented by The Town of Ramapo Challenger Center.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 7. & 8. Coding With HTML, Beginners & Advanced :.  
    Short for HyperText Markup Language, HTML is the language used to create documents on the World Wide Web. While there are many different markup languages used today, HTML is a standard building block in web design. Two different workshops will be offered. If you have never worked with HTML before, then beginners is recommended. In the beginners class, participants will learn about the historical significance of HTML, the basic building blocks, and simple ways to create a website using HTML. In the advanced class, coders will discover new programming "tricks" and how a closely related markup language called CSS integrates with HTML web design. Presented by SMS students Max Almeida and Rishika Bansal with help from FM Music teacher Andrew Brown.
    Advanced, Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am
    Beginners, Grades: 4-8, Time: 12:30 pm



    .: 9. Creating Graphics With Code :.  
    From Super Mario to Minecraft to Fortnite, computer graphics are a big part of what makes your favorite games so much fun to play! Ever wonder how those graphics are created? Come learn how to create graphics with code using a programming environment called Processing. Participants will learn how to create various shapes and face a number of challenges that they will have to solve using code. Presented by Jordan Moore and The Digital Arts Experience.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 10. Cryptanalysis 101 :.  
    In this cryptanalysis workshop, you will learn to create and crack codes! Students will learn the basic terminology and math used in code breaking and will work together to decipher several messages using substitution and transposition ciphers. The mathematics behind cryptanalysis is introduced by examining frequency counts and the letter frequencies in the English language. Presented By: Eric Labram, Speaker, National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA is our nation’s largest employer of mathematicians. Mr. Labram will be traveling from Washington, DC to join us as part of the NSA’s STEM Education Outreach Program.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 11. Design Sustainable Clothing For
 Space Exploration :.  
    For the new age of space pioneers, clothing must do more than just cover the body. It must be designed to empower and enable space explorers to conquer the new world with utility, nourishment and style. In this workshop, participants will explore the possibilities of what clothing could mean and design unique garments that are out of this world! Presented by FIT professor Su Ku.
    Grades: 4-5, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 12. Designing Apps Using XCode :.  
    If you want to know about snow days, schedule changes and teacher announcements at Scarsdale High School, you use SchoolSync, the popular app developed by SHS students Quin Burke and Noah Yusen. Quin and Noah will lead this workshop to teach participants about XCode, a software tool that allows users to create applications for the iPad, iPhone and other Apple products. Students should bring an iPhone charger if they wish to download their creations onto their phones. Presented by SHS students Quin Burke and Noah Yusen.
    Grades: 6-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 13. Digital Music Production (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Did you know computers can make music? In this creative and innovative workshop, participants will learn about the basics of digital music production: tracks, loops, effects and compressors. Students will create their own 30-second projects using loops and Garageband software. The workshop will then explore the more advanced music production capabilities of Logic Pro programming software. Students will hear a demonstration of an original song created with the amazing capabilities of Logic Pro. Presented by SHS student Axel Ahdritz.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 14. Edison Robots (Gr 6-8) :.  
    Edisons are simple robots that can be programmed to complete a variety of tasks. Students will explore using EdBlocks, a simple drag and drop interface, to program Edisons to move, navigate around obstacles, and interact with each other! Edison is a fun and inexpensive way to introduce students to programming and robotics. Presented by The Digital Arts Experience.
    Grades: 6-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 15. First Aid Training (Gr 6-8) :.  
    Want to be the one to help in an emergency? Learn basic first aid, including how to wrap an ace bandage. Then, move on to basic suture techniques where students will have the option to practice or observe suturing technique on chicken skin (or fruit skin if you prefer). Sanitary gloves provided. Presented by SHS students Sydney Mone and Amanda Girardi with help from SHS Science Research Students.
    Grades: 6-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 16. Fun With Chemistry (Gr 4-8):.  
    Chemical reactions happen around us all the time, from cooking to cleaning to digesting our food! Students will create color changing, temperature changing, gas producing chemical reactions. Presented by SMS Science teacher Jen Gilbert.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am



    .: 17. Green Propellant Emission Challenge :.  
    When NASA launches a rocket into space, the propulsion system can leave harmful chemicals and pollution in its wake. NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission seeks to develop a green alternative to conventional chemical propulsion systems. In this activity students will be challenged to figure out the combination of various chemicals that will launch a rocket along a zip-line as far as possible, while also trying to reduce the waste from the launch. Students will use the Engineering Design Cycle and various Maker skills to solve this challenge. Presented by Curious-On-Hudson.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 18. Keep Calm And Do the Math (Gr 7-8) :.  
    In this workshop for 7th and 8th graders, the Scarsdale High School Math Team will lead an interactive session on the types of problems the math team faces in their competitions. Here's a chance to solve problems and learn shortcuts that do not require mathematical knowledge beyond the middle school level but do reward clever thinking. Parents are welcome to attend this workshop, space permitting; no advance sign up required for parents. Among other honors, the SHS Math Team has placed first in the Westchester Interscholastic Math League for the last 4 years! Presented by SHS Math Team and SHS Math teacher Laura Estersohn.
    Grades: 7-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 19. Kinetic Sculptures Melding 
Physics And Art (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Alexander Calder revolutionized sculpture by suspending objects that move with the flow of air, using balance and equilibrium. His whimsical artwork expertly merges physics and art, and is displayed all over the world. The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC has one of the largest collections of his sculptures. In this workshop, participants will explore key physics concepts and create mobiles in the style of Alexander Calder. Presented by SHS Art teacher Michelle Foligno and SHS Science teacher Ben Drexel.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm



    .: 20. NASA Space Science – Math In 
Motion (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Go to the moon and beyond as we learn what it is like to live on the International Space Station. Through interactive STEAM and Math based activities we will learn how astronauts live and work in space. Students will problem solve and figure out how NASA scientists, engineers and mathematicians discovered how to send astronauts into space. We will discuss the concepts and challenges engineers faced in creating technology and tools for the astronaut’s daily living in a microgravity environment. Imagine where we are going next as we explore together! Presented by Challenge Camp.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 21. Polymer Science (Gr 4-8) :.  
    What do slime, touchable bubbles, DNA, a basketball, plastic bottles and Astroturf have in common? They all contain polymers! Polymers are everywhere in our world. Polymers are large molecules, at least 1,000 atoms long. They can be super-stretchy, super-gooey, super-absorbent, or even make things shrink. In this workshop, you will make water go solid right before your eyes without freezing it, touch bubbles without popping them, and so much more. Presented by Keith Task of BASF - Experts at Creating Chemistry.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 22. Robotics - Sense, Think & Act (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Experience and build your own robots! Combine different parts to make the robots sense the world around them, light up and move! MacInspires Instructors inspire with robot challenges and awesome examples. Presented by MacInspires.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 23. & 24. Scratch Coding (Gr 4-5) :.  
    Scratch coding is a web-based coding program developed by MIT that allows users to create games, e-cards, movies and so much more. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to the Scratch programming language with the end goal of creating a visual story. No prior knowledge of Scratch is required. Participants will use their own creativity to design stories, which could contain dialogue, sounds, motion, and more! The stories can also be interactive, allowing the user to control elements when running the program. Toward the end of the workshop, participants can choose to share their stories. Presented by SHS student Zach Siegel.
    Grades: 4-5, Time: 12:30 pm
    Grades: 6-8, Time: 1:30 pm



    .: 25. Solar Circuits (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Did you know solar panels can create natural energy to power the devices we use every day? Students will learn the fundamentals of electricity including amps, volts, watts, and impedance and how they relate to creating proper and efficient circuits. Using that knowledge, students will draw schematics of how they will create their circuits to power their specific devices. With the help of a few prebuilt examples, students see solar chargers in action charging smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras using nothing but sunlight! Presented by Rob Kissner and The Digital Arts Experience.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm



    .: 26. Time Travel With Stellarium (Gr 4-8) :.  
    Bringing the planetarium to you! Come learn about Stellarium, the revolutionary open source astronomy program. Time control options allow you to see the night sky in the past, present and future. Participants in this session will learn to control time using Stellarium. They will explore the sky and the hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly motions of the Earth, Moon, Sun, Stars, and Galaxy. They will leave the session with knowledge of how to use Stellarium to enhance their understanding of astronomy and help them plan future observations. Presented by Daniel Cummings, President - Star In A Star.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 27. Unmaking To Make (Gr 4-8) :.  
    One of the best ways to learn how things work is take them apart! In this workshop, students will dismantle printers, hard drives, alarm clocks and anything else that could be headed for the landfill. Students will have the chance to explore, ask questions, tinker and satisfy their curiosity. Presented by QR teacher Mark Winston.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm



    .: 28. Wanna Build Your Own Watson? (4-8) :.  
    The building blocks behind IBM's Watson are computer science and mathematical algorithms. Math doesn't have to be boring...or hard, and it is much more than addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Sometimes it doesn't even involve numbers! This session aims to give students a taste of the math behind the most common algorithms in computer science. Presented by IBM Software Engineer Anca Sailer.
    Grades: 4-8, Time: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm