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Cornell STEM Workshop!

Next ProgramOctober 14, 2017

Weill Cornell Medical College

 1300 York Avenue

New York, NY 10065

Weill Cornell Medical College Location

For High School and Middle School STEM Teachers

The Cornell STEM Workshop is a collaborative effort to provide teacher professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Attendees Receive: Certificate for 4-Hours of Professional Development, $20 Stipend, Breakfast and Lunch.

Registration Link For Fall Program

Schedule for October 14, 2017 Event

9:45am – 10:15am Registration and Breakfast
10:20am – 10:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30am – 11:00am Keynote Address:  Prof. Rob DiStasio Jr. “Using Computers to Solve Problems in Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science”
11:15am – 12:15pm Morning Workshop
12:15pm  –  1:00pm Lunch
  1:15pm – 2:15pm Afternoon Workshop
  2:15pm Collect Stipend and PD Certificate

Workshops Offered for Fall 2017:

Gel Electrophoresis

What is DNA fingerprinting? Students will learn how gel electrophoresis works and how  it is used in fields like forensics to study DNA of various individuals.They will conduct an experiment to find out if different food dyes use the same colors.

How a Microscope Works

How does a microscope magnify an object? Students will learn about lenses, build their own microscopes, and calculate the magnification for it.

Isotope Rummy

What is an isotope? Students will play an interactive game to learn the answer to this question and also find out how isotopes real-world applications make them useful to scientists.


Can we use light to measure the amount of a known chemical substance (concentrations)? Students will learn about absorption spectrophotometry by building a LEGO spectrophotometer. They will use it to analyze the amount of cranberry juice contained in a juice mix.

Interactive Molecular Dynamics Simulations

How do the gas laws relate to what is happening at the molecular level? Test out and provide feedback for an open source simulation being developed by a Cornell professor and his grad students that allows students to see what properties like temperature and pressure mean from the molecular point of view.

Modeling Light Interactions with Matter

Have your students investigate the interaction of light with particles in solution using laser pointers of several frequencies, index cards, and a small transparent container of extra virgin olive oil.

Hydrophobic Surfaces: Deposition and Analysis

What are thin films? Get your students to use both physical and chemical methods to coat surfaces with thin films, which will be used to analyze hydrophobic and surface characteristics  of the coatings.

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