March 18, 2017, 9 am to noon
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster
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Playful Programming with Cubetto
Beth Wagner, GO STEAM
Learn computational thinking and programming logic away from the screen through friendly robot adventures and storytelling. Using a control board and color coded instruction blocks, students will listen to a Cubetto story, then build and execute a program to safely move Cubetto through outer space, the ocean, or in Egypt!.
NEW! The Art of Balloon Twisting
Tony Giulivo (The Ballun Guy)
This workshop will teach you how to make a simple balloon animal and will demonstrate just how pliable balloons can be.
NEW! 3D Printing
Samuel Bischel, Make717
Make 717 is a makerspace (community workshop) in Lancaster County and part of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Make 717 provides equipment for people to use and create projects. During this session, you will learn more about Make 717 , membership opportunities and about 3d printing, one of Make 717’s more popular program areas.
Chemistry: How Do Batteries Work?
Understanding how batteries work requires a knowledge of chemistry. In this workshop, we will look at the chemistry behind batteries. Getting hands on, we will use this knowledge and experiment with some household objects to create our own batteries.
Ken and Jen Richards
In this session, we will turn ourselves into a computer to learn more about how they work. In this interactive exercise, students will take on roles (Memory, Data, Operators) within the CPU and work together to perform calculations. If there is time, we might even see what happens when bugs are introduced.
Jane Druce, Sierra Club
Join the Sierra Club for a hands-on exploration of our natural world. Session will cover owls and the food chain.
Fur, Feathers, and Bones! How Animals Survive
In this hands-on workshop, taxidermy animals will be explored – a Canada goose, a pheasant, woodpecker, gray squirrel, raccoon, mallard duck, red fox, white-tail deer, and black bear, butterfly, as well as the skulls, antlers and bones of other animals, as participants learn about the physical features, adaptations, defense mechanisms, behaviors and skeletal structures of mammals and birds. If you are curious about the science behind animals, this workshop is for you!
Tony Jannotta, Hempfield High School and Lancaster Liederkranz Sommer Singspiel
Today’s students need multiple means of communication to navigate in a globalized society. Learning languages enhances all aspects of communication. In this course, every student will be engaged in an immersed German setting in order to learn some basic vocabulary. Additional resources will be provided for them to continue their learning at home.
Getting More Out of Gaming
Jack Berkenstock, The Bodhana Group
Participants will engage in a short learning exercise on how games can give us more than just recreation. Attendees will be introduced to an array of games that are easy to learn and after playing some sample rounds, they will break into small groups to reflect on what they think the game they played could offer someone in terms of skills, development and opportunities. Focus areas we will be exploring are: education, social skills, critical thinking, creativity and resiliency (not to mention additional benefits the participants notice).
Photographing People: Posing and Composition
Learn hands on tips and tricks for photographing people. You will experiment with different techniques and compare the differences and benefits of each. Students will be able to take turns taking photographs and practicing posing. Students should bring a device with the ability to capture photos, such as a point and shoot camera or iPad, however, it is not necessary to take part in this class.
Service Dogs: Opening Doors and Saving Lives
Betsy and Peter Smith, Susquehanna Service Dogs
A live demonstration on the tasks service dogs can be trained to do to assist a person with a disability to lead an independent life.
Toastmasters Present: Public Speaking
Wayne Nguyen and Jackee Olson
Presenters will give a brief speech about their first experience in public speaking with their peers and how Toastmasters helped them learn how to speak effectively and overcome fears associated with public speaking. Presenters will then conduct a Table Topics session, where the participants will practice extemporaneous speaking, to provide students an opportunity to speak in front of their peers.Learning to have self-confidence with public speaking is the goal of the workshop.
Make Your Mind
Amanda Price, Pennsylvania College of Health & Science
What part of your brain allows you to see? Hear? What about moving your body? In this session we will create a brain out of clay and discuss the tasks performed by each brain area by considering what happens if that area gets damaged. We will then consider how our skulls work to protect the brain – and what we can do to keep our brains safe.
Rich Waldbiesser, Jr.
This workshop will introduce students to tricks and patterns in math from simple tricks in division to the beauty of fractals. It will leave students with the understanding that math is more than just operations and numbers. It is designed to leave them looking for more and challenging them to look for mathematical patterns in life.
NEW!Revealing and Analyzing Mathematical Patterns in Nature
Gregg Brubaker, Millersville University student
Discover the surprising (and fun!) math behind some of nature’s most beautiful patterns. By analyzing these patterns we will be able to recognize them all around us in nature.
Sylvan Learning Center Lancaster
The kids will build sophisticated bots using LEGO bricks and award-winning WeDo software. It’s such a cool way to learn advanced problem solving and engineering skills!
Boats and Ships
Bartley J. Eckhardt, P.E., President/CEO of Robson Forensic, Inc.
Students will learn about boats and ships – How they work, what allows them to float and remain stable, and what can go wrong. Marine and Mechanical Engineer Bart Eckhardt, P.E. will discuss forensic analysis of marine mishaps.
The People’s Shakespeare Project
Laura Howell, The People’s Shakespeare Project
This workshop will be fully participatory. We believe students can better understand Shakespeare when they are on their feet, moving with the words and speaking the language. We will begin with an overview: Shakespeare the poet/playwright, exploring his text (iambic pentameter, alliteration, antithesis, etc.), how and why he is still relevant today. Using “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, we will “play” with his text exploring some of his memorable characters through group monologues and short scenes.
Testing 101 Unlocked:
A Guide to Understanding the Numbers
Tests used in identification of gifted students is can be a buzzing confusion of numbers. The added weight of taking those test scores and translating them into effective programming can be enough to give one a migraine. Add to challenge the different types of giftedness a student may have and variety of test options to choose from and you may want to scream. This session will provide you with the tools needed to wade through the tests, data and GIEP goals so you can become a better advocate for your child or student.
Nanda Mitra-Itle, NCSP, ABD is a school psychologist in the Ephrata Area School District and Adjunct Professor at Millersville University. Mrs. Mitra-Itle attended Elizabethtown College, earning a Bachelor’s degree. She completed her Masters degree and school psychology certification through Millersville University. Mrs. Mitra-Itle and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned her ABD doctoral school psychology in Education. Mrs. Mitra-Itle has presented at various conferences including: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Pennsylvania State Educational Association, The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Association for School Psychologist in Pennsylvania (ASPP), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13), Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education (PAGE), and within other school district. Mrs. Mitra-Itle is currently President of PAGE, on the Department of Pupil Services Board for Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) as the Multicultural Affairs Committee Representative and Secretary of the South Asian Association of Lancaster County. Mrs. Mitra-Itle has also been referenced several times in the Best Practices: Student Level Services in Best Practices in Services for Gifted Students chapter. Areas of research interest include but are not limited to: Gifted students and undeserved students such as culturally and linguistically diverse, twice exceptional, and economically disadvantaged.