Session Workshops

Track 15 — Workshops

12:30 PM — 1:30 PM EDT
Mar 26 Sat, 12:30 PM — 1:30 PM EDT

Coding with Tinkercad and the Use of Sustainable Printing Material

Aditya Dutt (Middlesex County Academy, NJ, USA)

In the future, most industries will be influenced greatly by 3D modeling and CAD software. We already use CAD for robotics, prosthetics, civil engineering, and other realms of science. Using sustainable, recyclable, and bio-degradable materials used to 3D print reduce the carbon footprint.

In this workshop, we will learn how CAD and 3D printing is changing the world of innovation. We will learn how to design a Snowflake/Mandala using pattern modeling with coding. This workshop can be run remotely as well as in-person.

Tinkercad offers an environment for coding similar to the professional software "OpenSCAD", where drag-and-drop coding is used to create 3D models.

In this workshop we learn:
-Basics of CAD and its effect on innovation and our earth
-The various coding blocks that are in the Tinkercad environment
-Basic programming such as sequential coding, loops, and functions
-Basic pattern modeling with coding to make a snowflake or mandala

Tinkercad knowledge is not required. Workshop starts with some introduction to Tinkercad.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Anni Leming (Professional Management Consulting Services, USA)

The purpose of the NSF-GRFP is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in any of the eligible fields and subfields at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. The National Science Foundation has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

This session will provide the audience a brief overview of the NSF-GRFP, such as its goal, eligibility requirements, application process, and timeline. Additionally, the session will include information on the NSF-GRFP's efforts to increase representation of women and members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM with a follow-up discussion on how the audience can encourage women and members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM to apply for the program or become reviewers. The last part of the session will be reserved for Q & A. We strongly encourage interaction among the audience and presenters.

To boldly go where no young mind has gone before…

Jose L Lopez (Seton Hall University, USA)

What do young people dream about when they think about the future? Do they imagine exploring the unknown? Reaching the limits of the known and seeking out new frontiers of knowledge? Maybe discovering new worlds, new forms of life, or even new civilizations? Do they dream of boldly going where no one has gone before? In many ways, the will to simply dream and the drive brought on by pure curiosity have instilled a pioneering spirit in humankind, that has been one of the main driving forces of much of the scientific and technological progress that humanity has achieved over the course of human history. Outer space has undoubtedly been a natural destination for our collective dreams and a place that inspires endless curiosity about our future. Nowhere have these dreams of the future and focus of curiosity to explore unknown space been more evident than in our science fiction stories. An especially successful science fiction that has inspired dreams of the future and endless curiosity for over a half century has been Star Trek. This workshop will discuss ways in which Star Trek can be used to inspire and more easily teach young people complicated science, as well as engineering and advanced technologies. During the workshop, we will explore the many fun ways in which the accurate science depicted on Star Trek present a means to explain very tough scientific concepts especially in physics and astrophysics. Furthermore, we will look at how many fictional Star Trek technologies have lead to actual real world technologies. Particularly, given the workshop presenter's expertise in plasma science and technology, there will be a study of the many ways in which plasmas are used as major story plot elements throughout the many Star Trek series. Furthermore, this workshop will seek to look at how the often use of plasmas on Star Trek, allows a convenient approach to help introduce the rather complex subject of plasma physics and science to young people and the broader public.

Create life-long learners with practical hands-on interdisciplinary STEAM kits and programs

Shubhendu Das (STEAM Works)

Young minds get inspired, delighted, and challenged when they use everyday materials or kits that bring out STEAM concepts from design thinking to building solutions to practical problems. "MAKING" practical projects ex. a 3D printed drone or a solar phone charger is never perfect the first time around. It's ok to fail many times but stay resilient and determined. It's probably the best way to develop a broad minded scientific temperament & confidence! 

Spark an interest with some practical interesting projects and see what spectacular ideas they come up with. Also, make sure to add art as a powerful tool into everything you create as that brings in elements of design thinking, creativity and personalized fun. Those are the ideas that remain sticky for a long time. 

In this workshop we will display STEAM WORKS STUDIO kits, program ideas that we have been creating and sharing with global schools & communities everyday. In addition to making a curious life long learner, practical excellence,  equity in education, direct measurable engagement, keeping youth out of trouble, nurturing an entrepreneurial mind set, providing a ray of hope and joy in some conflicted and troubled parts of the world are all meaningful outcomes from such an approach.

Session Chair

Ralph Tillinghast

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