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Cornell Virtual STEM Workshop

For Elementary, Middle, & High School STEM Teachers

Cornell presents our virtual STEM Workshop, a collaborative effort to provide teacher professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. We have hour-long workshops that focus on at home science activities for students in all grades. We also include a research talk from a Cornell University professor.

Attendees Receive: Certificate for 1 hours of CTLE Professional Development or Certificate of Participation

There are no more planned workshops for this school year. We hope to be back to in person workshops this coming fall

Past Workshops
Workshop Topic

April 24


Link for Workshop Recording

Exploring Magnetism

In these hands-on activities, students will learn to use the magnometer sensor in their phones, using a free app (Arduino Science Journal). They will explore magnetism and look at the relationship between magnetic force and distance.

Presenters: Prof. Greg Fuchs, Brendan McCullian, & Jialun Luo, Department of Physics

March 20

 

Link for Static Sticky Tape Workshop Recording

Exploring Sound

In these hands-on activities, students will use the sound intensity sensor in their phones, using a free app (Science Journal), to explore the principles of sound. They will construct a speaker to amplify the sound and then to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume.  

Presenters:Rakshit Jain, Department of Physics & Federico Presutti, Department of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

Static Sticky Tape

In this hands-on activity, students will use scotch tape to observe some of the properties of static electricity. Older students can also explore how a variable might affect the electrostatic force of the tape.

Presenters: Professor Abhay Pasupathy, Giancarlo Pereira, Eric Seewald, & Carmen Verdu, Department of Physics , Columbia University

February 27

Link for Workshop Recording

Exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion

In these hands-on activities, students will use the accelerometer sensor in their phones, using a free app (Science Journal), to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion by measuring the acceleration of objects and calculating the amount of force used to cause the motion.

Presenter: Professor Mark Tanstrum, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Kevin Nangoi, & Nathan Sitaraman, Department of Physics, Cornell University

January 30

Link for Workshop Recording

Bernoulli’s Principle and the Physics of Flight

Bernoulli ‘s Principle is the single principle that helps explain how heavier-than-air objects can fly. Students  learn about this by doing some easy, at-home demonstrations. They then apply this to flight by making paper helicopters and airplanes, while also identifying forces that affect their flight.

Presenter: Professor Alan Zehnder & Aditya Bhaskar, Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering, Renee Sifri, Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology

December 12th

Link for Workshop Recording

Red Cabbage Chemistry

The pH scale is a way of gauging the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. This hands-on activity will show how to get your students to make a homemade pH indicator using red cabbage. Students will be able to use the color-changing indicator to understand the acidity or alkalinity of various household chemicals and create a pH scale. There will also be a presentation looking at the role of pH in plastic recycling research.

Presenter: Professor Geoff Coates, Grace Hester & Sarah Parke, Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology

November 14th

Link for Workshop Recording

Density Column & Density of Coins 

In this hands-on activity, learn how to get your students to use a ruler and a simple, home-built balance scale, to measure the mass and volume of coins and use this information to calculate the density.

Presenter: Professor Justin Wilson, Nick Bigham, & Tracky Huang,  Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology

October 17thExploring Light

In this hands-on activity, students will use the light sensor in their phones, using a free app (Science Journal), to explore the properties of light with different materials. They will also learn how to use light to measure concentration and estimate the concentration of juice in a mixture.

Presenter: Professor Phillip Milner, Ruth Mandel, Kaitlyn MacMillan, Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology

September 26th

Link for Workshop Recording

Sustainable Polymers: Glued into Science

In this hands-on activity, students will learn about and explore a material that they come into contact with everyday: polymers. They will create their own, non-toxic polymers and use them, along with other household plastics, to test for material properties. Students will learn how plastics are classified for recycling and look at the ways that scientists are trying to create more sustainable polymers.

Presenter: Scott Spring, Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology

 

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