Courses for Kids

STEM Day 2015 For Students in Grades 6-8
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Want to get a jump on your education and learn more about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math that could lead to a great career?

Sign up for STEM Day at UW-Rock County and take courses taught by real college professors from the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Learn about different areas of study — and maybe find one you want to pursue further in high school, college and beyond!

STEM Day 2015 courses will let you explore such areas of study as psychology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology and biology.

Aerodynamics of Air Hockey
Dr. Jonathan Fleischmann, Assistant Professor of Engineering
Have you ever played air hockey? Do you like to design, build and test out your designs? In this session, you’ll not only learn how an air hockey table works, but you also will build a frictionless puck based on that same physical principle and test it out in the laboratory.
Session 1, 2 or 3

Along Came a Spider
Dr. Kerri Wrinn, Assistant Professor of Biology
Spiders are fascinating but often under-appreciated animals that people frequently avoid due to discomfort or fear. Spiders have many interesting and amazing behaviors. You will see firsthand a combination of live and preserved animals to learn about common spiders of this area and how to differentiate between males and females. Several demo animals such as tarantulas will be used to observe feeding and other behavior.
Session 1 or 2

Candy to Dye For
Dr. Kristin Plessel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Experience candy in a whole new way! You’ll use the five elements of inquiry as you ask questions about what could happen to candy in certain conditions; design and conduct experiments to answer these questions; and develop explanations based on your observations.
Session 1 or 3

Create Your Own Rock & Mineral Collection
Dr. Robert McCallister, Professor of Geography
Local specimens and minerals from around the world will be provided so you can build a great beginner’s collection. You will use special, simple tools to identify rocks and minerals and make labels and stories for each item in your collection. Bring your own rocks and minerals with you and we will identify them, too! *$5 Supply fee for this course
Session 2 or 3

Discovering DNA
Stephanie Villarello, Biology Lab Tech
Did you know deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is in all living things, not just people and animals? Find out more about this molecule and what it does and then learn how to extract DNA from a cell in the laboratory.
Session 1, 2 or 3

Knots & Links - The Math Kind
Rachelle Barr, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
How many knots are there? In this course, you will get an introduction to the mathematical knot theory and learn how to describe and tell the difference between knots mathematically. You’ll see how it is difficult to tell two knots apart and how they are used. Lastly, you will make knots out of various objects and create a human knot and attempt to unknot it.
Session 1 or 2

Light It Up!
Dr. Eric Stoner, Lecturer of Chemistry
Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum through hands-on experiences and demonstrations and see how it impacts our lives and even those of certain animals. Discover different types of light, calculate the speed of light and explore the realm of ultraviolet, infrared and microwave light. Bring your own glow-in-the-dark and fluorescent materials to examine under black light.
Session 1, 2 or 3

Mathematics of Symmetry
Dr. Mark Fuller, Professor of Mathematics &
Dr. Ed Stredulinsky, Professor of Mathematics
Reflections and rotations, the sorts of “actions” that leave the shape of a simple geometric object unchanged, can lead us to define symmetry and to create “multiplication tables,” which in turn reveal patterns and equations. This area of mathematics – abstract algebra – has many important applications, from identifying the shape of a virus to predicting elementary particles.
Session 1 or 2

Power Kicks: The Science of Martial Arts
Michael Plessel, Civil Engineer
You won’t be kicking any opponents other than a kick bag, but you’ll learn a few powerful lessons about the physics of efficient kicking. No black belts required — just bring your positive attitude and work up a little sweat while you use your feet to do fun science.
Session 1, 2 or 3

Psychology Mind Games
Dr. Linda Reinhardt, Associate Professor of Psychology
Explore the psychology of perception and memory. Learn the psychology behind visual illusions and tricks of memory. Seeing is not always believing. Often our minds behave automatically. We may remember things that didn’t really happen. What’s going on here?
Session 1, 2 or 3

Click here for the STEM brochure! Register online for STEM 2015 here.

New for 2015 - College for Kids is doubling! The first week is July 20-24 and the second runs August 10-14.


UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra

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