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STEM 2014

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

At Clarke’s STEM Day, you won’t sit in a classroom, listening to a bunch of stuffy faculty talk at you about 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 RSVP early by completing the online form or call the admissions office at (800)383-2345 for questions or large groups. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 17.

STEM Day Schedule 
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8:15-8:30 a.m. Check-In Catherine Byrne Hall (CBH)  
8:30-9:15 a.m. Campus Tour
(Parents welcome!)
Leave from (CBH)  
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome Alumni Lecture Hall  
9:30-10:30 a.m. Lab 1 Lab Classrooms  
10:30-10:40 a.m. Break/Switch    
10:40-11:40 a.m. Lab 2 Lab Classrooms  
11:40 a.m.-12 p.m. Admissions
Presentation
Atrium Conference Room  
12-12:40 p.m. Lunch Atrium Conference Room  
12:40-1:40 p.m. Lab 3 Lab Classrooms  
1:40-1:50 p.m. Break/Switch    
1:50-2:50 p.m. 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

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! Instructor Sunil Malapati.

USING DATABASES TO EXPLORE MEDICAL TOPICS
Students will use online databases from the National Institute of Health to understand how medical researchers use these libraries to design new medications and to explore possible health issues related to DNA, RNA, genetics, as well as patients’ reactions to prescribed medications. Instructor George and Samira Towfic.

USING SAMPLING DISTRIBUTIONS TO SEPARATE SIGNAL AND NOISE
Can you tell Coke from Pepsi? How about a person’s sex from their handwriting? Or whether a person is lying or being truthful? Sometimes we think we can tell, but often we just get lucky. How do we know the difference? You’ll participate in some experiments and learn a way to decide whether a person’s “skill” is just luck, or if there is really something going on. Instructor Sean Bradley.

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 “rennin” 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. Instructor Tony Brietbach.

BRAIN PHYSIOLOGY
What are our brains doing when we are thinking about a math problem, meditating with our eyes closed or listening to music? In this lab, students will attach electrodes to their head and measure the activity of neurons in the brain. Students will explore the differences in brain activity while performing specific tasks such as mental arithmetic, relaxation exercises, and hyperventilation. Instructor Laura Hecker.

PUSHING PENNIES
Can you lay 10 pennies flat on a table such that each penny touches exactly two other pennies? Can you place 20 with the same constraint? Can you extend this to n pennies (where you don’t get to control n)? What if the restraint changes forcing each penny to touch exactly three other pennies? What is the minimum number of pennies you need in order to have each penny touching three other pennies? Can you do it with 25? How about 24? If “exactly” is switched out with “at least,” what happens? We will look at what happens in different penny arrangement scenarios and (by pushing pennies around and hopefully generating a plan) answer these questions and more. Instructor Amanda Matson.

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