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STEM 2013

Make a Difference in the World through Science, Math,
and Technology


Saturday, September 21, 2013

At Clarke's STEM Day, you won't listen to a bunch of stuffy faculty talk at you about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Instead, you'll actually work hands on with our ubersmart professors and top-notch students in biology, chemistry, computer science and math to see first-hand all of the cool things you can do in these fields. Get your hands dirty and give your minds a workout during this day of interactive learning in some of the nation's most in-demand careers.

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Spaces are limited, so call the admissions office at (800)383-2345 for questions or large groups.

STEM Day Schedule

9:00-9:15 a.m. Check-In Catherine Byrne Hall  
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome Alumnae Lecture Hall  
9:30-10:30 a.m. Mini-Lab 1 Lab Classrooms  
10:30-10:40 a.m. Break/Switch    
10:40-11:40 a.m. Mini-Lab 2 Lab Classrooms  
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Lunch/STEM Careers Atrium Conference Room  
12:40-1:40 p.m. Mini-Lab 3 Lab Classrooms  
1:40-1:50 p.m. Break/Switch    
1:50-2:50 p.m. Mini-Lab 4 Lab Classrooms  
2:50-3 p.m. Break    
3-3:30 p.m. Jeopardy Alumnae Lecture Hall  
3:30-3:45 p.m. Conclusion Alumnae Lecture Hall
3:45-4:45 p.m. Campus Tours Campus  


Mini Session Information

FOOD ANALYSIS LAB
Have you ever wondered how scientists determine what is in your food? And how do we ensure that food is safe to eat? You will explore some of these issues and working in small groups, you will conduct modern food analysis using computer-interfaced instrumentation and graphical analysis. You will also experience our collaboratory, where high tech meets cool science!

GROSS ANATOMY LAB
Have you dreamed of being a medical doctor (or other healthcare professional)? Have you wondered what your first day of gross anatomy would be like? ...Making that first incision on your cadaver you will study with your classmates? Well, why wait? Join fellow high school students in Clarke University's medical-school quality cadaver lab for a mini session of human dissection.

APP DEVELOPMENT
Have you ever wanted to write the next Angry Birds app? While we won't be building such a complicated app, in this session you'll write your own Android app using a drag-and-drop programming interface. You don't need a phone to participate in this session.

LUNG PHYSIOLOGY: BLOWING HOT AIR
Do you know how much air your lungs can hold? Do you know how much air you breathe in with every breath? In this lab, students will breathe into a spirometer attached to a computer to see how much air their lungs can hold and then breathe into the spirometer during certain activities and see how much air they actually inhale and exhale.

SKILL OR DUMB LUCK?
Can you tell Coke from Pepsi? How about a person's sex from their handwriting? Can you recognize when a person is lying or telling the truth? Sometimes we think we can tell a difference, but often we just get lucky. How do we know the difference? You'll participate in some experiments and we'll learn how to decide whether your "skill" is just luck, or if there is really something going on.

IT'S A POLYMER WORLD.
Polymers are a large class of compounds encompassing both the natural and synthetic. Biochemists study the chemistry of natural polymers, such as DNA and proteins. Organic chemists make and study synthetic polymers, such as DNA and proteins. Organic chemists make and study synthetic polymers. Balloons, surgical sutures, kayaks, disposable diapers, athletic shirts and cases for electronic devices are just a few examples of useful polymers. In this session, you will analyze polymer films using ATR-IR spectroscopy and make some polymers of your own.

CURDLING MILK
Ever wonder how cheeses and yogurts are produced from milk? The first step in the process is "curdling", which turns milk into curds and whey. Curdling can be done through various means, but the enzyme "renin" is typically used. In this experiment, we will study the enzymatic activity of rennin by observing the amount of curds that can be collected under various conditions.

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