Previous Workshops - 2016 Event

There were a total of 20 workshops offered at the 2016 event.

NANOSCIENCE - Bubbles, Boats, and Fireworks in your Soap! Nanoscience Experiments with Everyday Items.

How do soap bubbles form? How do some foods do the impossible and mix oil and water together (like mayo!)? The answer comes from surface tension! In this workshop we explore the surface tension properties of liquids such as milk, soap, and saltwater. Surface tension is a topic in Nanoscience that bridges together many science disciplines such as Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. These colorful experiments will be performed with household items so you can always impress your friends and family as a brand new nanoscientist.

ENGINEERING - Building a Cool Magic Motor!

Simple parts such as wires, magnets, a cup, and batteries turn into a DC motor! This can be used to power all kinds of things... what ideas can you try? You will get to take home your motors, ideas and plans.

CHEMISTRY - Chemistry and the Magic of Color

What is color? In this workshop, you will learn the chemistry behind color.

CHEMISTRY - Cold Sweet Science

In this workshop you will learn about different states of matter and then we will use liquid nitrogen to make some yummy liquid nitrogen ice cream.

BIOLOGY - Do Plants and Animals Have Favorite Colors? The Function of Color in Biological Organisms

Humans are very responsive to color. Colors can make us feel happy, sad, responsive, distant, angry, and many other emotions. Do you have a favorite color? What does your favorite color have in common with the color of animals or plants? In animals, color can be subtle for camouflage or flamboyant to attract a mate. In plants and algae, color is an essential part of food production and/or methods for protection. At the basic level, color in biological organisms comes from pigments that have important functions beyond those we perceive. This workshop will teach participants the importance of color in photosynthetic organisms – organisms that are able to make their own food using sunlight. Coral and algae relationships will be explained and used to demonstrate how color helps algae produce its own food, and how it is also used for protection via fluorescence. Workshop participants will be able to explain how organisms are affected by the visible light spectrum, how excess light can be damaging, and how organisms have evolved to protect themselves from that damage. Hands-on activities will include spectrophotometer readings of algae from brown, green, and red lineages, and black-box viewing of coral biofluorescence under high energy blue light.

FOOD SCIENCE - Food Detectives

Have you ever wondered how Nutrition Facts labels are created?  How do we know what nutrients are in fruits and vegetables, which grow naturally? In this workshop, you'll be a food detective and measure carbohydrate and protein content of certain foods.  At the end of the workshop, we'll enjoy a smoothie made from some of the ingredients we analyzed.  Note: this workshop will include exposure to dairy, soy, and gluten.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Fresh from the Sea Urchin Factory...

In this workshop you will spawn and fertilize live sea urchins to learn about how these benthic animals reproduce and recruit in the Hawaiian islands. You will learn about spawning behavior, gamete production and release, and the process of fertilization. You will also learn about the different stages of sea urchin development and how they are carried throughout the ocean to where they eventually settle as adults. You will also design and bring home a map you create of the journey of a young sea urchin!

ENGINEERING - Hawaii from Space: Satellite Fun!

Be a Landsat analyst and engineer for the day in this challenge to learn why we look at Earth from space, how satellite images are collected, and what an engineer does from the women of SWE-HI Pro, Hawaii's professional section of the Society of Women Engineers.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Hidden Biodiversity on Coral Reefs

Ever wonder what else lives on a coral reef besides fish, corals, and sea urchins? Come and learn about biodiversity and how marine scientists identify and study the hidden life (cryptobiota) that lives within a coral reef.

BIOLOGY -How Do Animals See the World?

In this workshop we will explore the ways that different animals use light to see the world around them, including how some animals can hide in plain sight while others create private channels of communication. You will first learn about our visual system by looking at optical illusions, then we will create hypotheses about how animals in different light environments might use color to hide or be seen, and then finally we will use a spectrometer to measure the color of some animal signals.

PHYSICS & CHEMISTRY - How Radioactive is Your Banana?

Radioactivity, as scary as it may sound, is all around us and can even be found in our bodies. Did you know we live in a radioactive world? Come and measure radioactivity in all sorts of things; you can bring anything you want tested or just see what my banana has in it. Through sweet experiments you will learn what is behind words like “radioactive decay”, “radionuclide”, “radioactive half-life”…and yes, you can touch and use some pretty cool instruments too. We use these to study the radioactive elements in Hawaii released from the Japanese Fukushima Power Plant. We will show you some results we measured in fish and soil samples.

MARINE BIOLOGY - How the Past Can Inform Our Future: Monitoring for Coral Reef Management

Coral reefs are not only beautiful, they are valuable ecosystems that support the highest biodiversity in the world! However, these "rainforests of the sea” are negatively impacted by natural and human disturbances. Marine scientists are hard at work to understand the impacts and responses of corals to stressful conditions. In this workshop, you will become a reef biologist and learn to identify sick and healthy corals. Join us to “swim in a biologist’s fins” and learn from scientists about the current issues coral reefs face.

OCEANOGRAPHY - Journey into the Deep

Come with us on a journey thousands of feet below the sea surface down into the darkness of the deep ocean. The deep sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet but it is also the least explored. Scientists are only now beginning to grasp the different types of habitats that exist down in the depths, as well as the numerous animals that are perfectly adapted to call these environments home. In this workshop, you will explore wood and whale falls, hydrothermal vents and the mesopelagic. There will also be the chance to see lots of actual specimens and hear how they were collected.

CHEMISTRY - Large and Small

Sometimes it is important to separate molecules in order to study them. When we are interested in one component only, we say that we want to isolate or purify it. In this exercise, we will separate molecules according to their size and see two molecules separate right in front of our eyes! We will collect beautiful pink and red color fractions in tubes. This method is called Size Exclusion Chromatography.

COMPUTER SCIENCE - Playing With Code

As our society becomes more technologically advanced, more and more things require programmers.  From bank transactions to video games, smart phones to smart TVs, a computer scientist was required to get the finished product.  This workshop will go over some basic building blocks of code and show you how to apply them.

MATHEMATICS - The Mathematics of Card Tricks

Use mathematics to impress your friends! These mathematical card tricks will have your friends thinking you can read minds! Learn all about the magic of mathematics by performing tricks that are sure to astound and amaze.

BOTANY - The Wonderful World of Plants

You will explore plant diversity from ferns to flowers to plant associated mushrooms. This will be a hands on workshop where you will not only be able to touch and feel the variety of specimens, you will also investigate them in closer detail under microscopes. Students will be taught to act as naturalists, observing nature and drawing the plant’s identifying characteristics. You will also learn how to make fun crafts with plants and mushrooms that scientists also use to identify them.

METEOROLOGY - Wacky Weather

Hawaii isn’t known for wacky weather, or is it? Learn about weather events that are rare, but can occur, in Hawaii like hail, fog, and more and why we don’t get to experience them often. You’ll learn when and where you’re more likely to experience these fun weather events!  You’ll decode the secrets of the skies by performing two hands-on experiments that you can do at home: create fog in a bottle and make your very own hail stone!

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING - What's Stopping Astronauts from Long Space Missions?

Discover how radiation in space is one of the major reasons that NASA cannot yet send astronauts on a mission to Mars. Learn about different ways that NASA is trying to solve this problem. Design your own space ship or Moon base to solve this problem in your own way!

HYDROLOGY - Wondering How Water Wanders

From streams to oceans, our lives are influenced by the flow of water. Understanding the flow of water helps us to explain where boats lost at sea drifted to, where marine trash is coming from and going to, whether this year will have an El Niño, and whether a tsunami will flood Waikiki. In this session, participate in a hands-on activity that demonstrates one way water flows in the ocean. Bring your thinking caps, as you will work in teams to figure out the best way to solve a challenge. Once you’ve met the challenge, a UH researcher will share her experience trying to better understand how water flows in the ocean.

Previous Workshops - 2015 Event

There were a total of 22 workshops offered at the 2015 event.

METEOROLOGY - Beautiful and Powerful Skies

Weather is more than just white puffy clouds that rain every once in a while. The atmosphere creates a lot of fascinating phenomena. Have you ever wondered what the ingredients are to produce a rainbow or how hail forms in a thunderstorm cloud? Find out and discover the secrets of the skies by performing two hands-on experiments: create a miniature rainbow and make your very own hail stone!

ARCHITECTURE - DIVAS with Devilishly Delightful Daylighting Designs!

Illuminate your house and your minds! This workshop will provide you free reign to think creatively about natural daylighting, by designing elements within the building and landscape. Design concepts will be explored, collaboration encouraged through teamwork, and more importantly, you will have fun playing with creating and making your own dream house with the perfect light inside!

BIOLOGY - Fun with Fungi

Learn about the mysterious and fantastic world of fungi. In this workshop you will learn about the different types of fungi and their natural history through exploring fungal specimens and creating your own natural history notes and drawings. As a scientist, one of the first steps in designing your own experiment is to observe the world around you, take notes, and draw pictures.

ECONOMICS - How are Consumer Products Designed

Ever wonder how a product like your backpack or shoes gets designed? How did they pick what colors to use or what style? This workshop will show you how designers chose what their products will look like by showing you how to do a simple market intelligence study. You will each conduct your own study to see what people would want to buy and you will participate in the study itself! This is a fun, unique workshop that will get you thinking using information directly from consumers.

AVIATION - How Do Airplanes Glide in the Sky?

Learn about the Bernoulli effect and guess which origami airplane design will fly the farthest! Build your design and let it glide--who's plane will win?

OCEAN ENGINEERING - How Do Boats Float?

How is it that a large ship made of heavy metal can float in water, yet a small rock sinks to the bottom? How can you build a boat to hold a large number of people, cars, and other heavy objects and know how much weight it can safely support? Step into the shoes of a naval architect and an ocean engineer!

MARINE SCIENCE - How the Past Can Inform our Future: Monitoring for Coral Reef Management

Coral reefs are not only beautiful, but are invaluable ecosystems that support the highest biodiversity in the world! However, these "rainforests" of the sea are under major threat due to natural and human disturbances. Marine scientists are hard at work to understand the impacts and responses of corals to stressful conditions. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the current issues coral reefs face from scientists and participate in a hands on activity to "swim in a biologists fins".

BIOLOGY - Invasive Lizards: Friends or Foes?

Explore the interactions between Oahu’s introduced lizards. You will learn how several species of lizards interact with their environment including where they live and what they eat. This information will help you formulate hypotheses about how these lizards might interact with each other. Then you will then be able to watch pairs of lizards interact and observe their behavior to test your hypothesis.

OCEANOGRAPHY- Journey into the Deep

Come with us on a journey thousands of feet below the sea surface down into the darkness of the deep ocean. The deep sea is the largest ecosystem on our planet but it is the least explored. Scientists are only now beginning to grasp the different types of habitats that exist down in the depths, as well as the numerous animals that are perfectly adapted to call these environments home. In this workshop, you will explore abyssal plains, wood and whale falls, hydrothermal vents and the deep Antarctic shelf. There will also be the chance to see lots of actual specimens and hear how they were collected.

ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS - Lights and Rainbow

What makes a rainbow? Why is the sunset red? Explore the composition of light and learn about the optical world around us by making your own spectrometers!

MARINE BIOLOGY - Loving Limu: Counting the Ways to Fall in Love with Seaweeds

The oceans are full of beautiful and diverse "limu," or seaweeds. How many ways do you use limu? Learn about some of the different uses there are for seaweed and their byproducts, while also exploring the importance of limu in coral reef ecosystems. Discover some of the common limu in Hawaii and learn to identify the invasive limu that threaten both our local flora and fauna. With your very own mini limu press, learn to press and dry limu to take home with you.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Murder, Mayhem, and Mysteries of Hawaiian Algae

Algae are an important part of the ecosystem, and range in size from largest seaweeds to tiny microscopic single-celled organisms. Algae live in all habitats, including marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Museum displays and hands-on activities have been recreated for this Expanding Your Horizon’s Workshop. These displays will cover many aspects of algae’s role in the environment and human society, including: diversity, Hawaiian algae, research techniques, biofuels, bioluminescence, parasites, and toxins. You will be introduced to the displays, but then mayhem will ensue. The famous murder of a renowned scientist, poisoned by the algae they were studying, and the theft of museum artifacts, will be recreated. You will be asked to help solve the mystery by finding clues in the displays. But will you be able to catch the killer?

BOTANY & CONSERVATION - Native Plant Conservation

Are you interested in island biodiversity and conservation? Hawaii is home to over 1,000 native plant species, and most of these (90%) are found nowhere else on earth. Because all other kinds of organisms, including birds, bugs, and even marine animals, depend on native plants for their survival, the persistence and conservation of native plants is critical. Yet, Hawaiian plants are threatened by a range of factors, including urbanization, invasive species, and climate change. In this workshop, we will explore biodiversity conservation in Hawaii, focusing on the most vulnerable stage of the plant life cycle, seedlings. In order for forests, grasslands and coastal ecosystems to regenerate new populations, seedlings must survive and grow despite the threats they experience. You will examine and compare native seedlings undergoing experimental treatments of drought and herbivory to assess whether seedlings can recover from and tolerate these key threats. Then you will plant your own native Hawaiian seedlings to take home with you!

COMPUTER SCIENCE - Playing with Code

Computers are everywhere these days. They keep people connected with social media, and help scientists solve the world's biggest mysteries. Join us to learn how computer programmers create the software for a wide variety of tasks. Become a programmer yourself and write your very own programs including a video game.

ECOLOGY - S.O.S. Save Our Snails!

Hawaii has a large diversity of native land snails—over 750 species! The majority of these lands snails are found nowhere else in the world but many are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change. Native land snails are important to Hawaiian ecosystems because they keep our forests healthy by recycling nutrients. One of the first things that we need to do to save our snails is figure out which snails are native and which ones are invasive. Help aid in the conservation efforts of Hawaiian land snails by learning how to identify native snails and teaching others about our threatened treasures.

MARINE BIOLOGY - Shark Senses

In this workshop, you will learn all about how sharks sense their environment around them. You will learn about the different senses sharks use to find prey, mates and predators. Test your senses against a shark's and look at different species to learn their anatomy.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Squishy Circuits

Come join the fun in this exciting workshop where you will learn about electrical circuits from real engineers while creating your own take-home masterpiece. We will explore various aspects of the engineering process while creating the tallest building of them all with your squishy circuit!

CHEMISTRY - Symmetry in Crystals

All crystals are built from symmetrical arrangements of molecules, or motifs. We will investigate the symmetrical architecture of crystals and explore the ways that motifs can be replicated across planes and around points in this hands-on paper craft activity.

MATHEMATICS - The Amazing Race

Use mathematics to crack the code and win the race! In this workshop, you will work with a team to decipher clues and make your way to the finish line. The clues will be encoded using a variant of RSA encryption, the same one used commonly for internet security. At the end, you will understand the system and re-code the clues for the next groups!

ATMOSPHERIC CHEMSITRY - The Global Carbon Cycle in a Bottle

Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere are one of the main environmental concerns facing our global society today. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations affect not only the Earth’s temperature, but also the way plants grow and reproduce. Together, we will explore how environmental changes throughout history have affected plant growth and function while applying this knowledge to create a self-sustaining ecosystem in a bottle, complete with everything required to grow a healthy plant for months (or years) to come.

ASTRONOMY - There's Weather in Space?!

What is Space Weather and where does it come from? How do we see it on Earth and how can it impact our lives on the ground, in the air, and in space? Charged particles (like electrons and protons) play an important role in Space Weather. In this workshop, experience and explore static electricity with a Van de Graaff generator and build your very own charged particle detector!

CHEMISTRY - Your Kitchen Can be a Chemistry Lab!

In this workshop you will use some things you might use everyday in your kitchen to show that chemistry takes place everywhere and all the time! You will learn the concepts of density and polarity as well as basic electrical themes such as electrons and currents. These ideas will be illustrated by making your own lava lamp and battery from some items you probably have at home all the time!

 

Previous Workshops - 2014 Event

There were a total of 11 workshops offered at the 2014 event.

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY- An experiment of the International Space Station Discover the Secrets of the Universe

A new experiment AMS-02 has been recently installed on the International Space Station to study the secrets of the Universe. AMS-02 is measuring very energetic particles generated during the big bang or in stars explosion with the aim of discovering dark matter.

MARINE SCIENCE - Boundless oceans: an exploration of opportunities in marine science

Explore the many wonders of the sea through the lens of its smallest creatures, microbes! Together we will examine how and why oceanographers study these small, but amazing cells. The workshop will include hands-on activities about ocean acidification and plankton diversity. Opportunities in marine science studies and careers will be discussed.

CHEMISTRY - Do It Yourself Lava Lamp

Make your own laval lamp with simple kitchen ingredients (vinegar, oil, alka seltzer and food dyes) while learning about colors, light, buoyancy, gravity and fluids. Why food dyes dissolve in vinegar, but not oil? How do our eyes see different colors? Why oil floats on top of vinegar and why don't they mix together? Learn and have fun with this hands on activity.

CHEMISTRY - Fruit Juice Solar Cells: Intro to Everyday Organic Chemistry

Did you know that pigments from blackberries can be used to convert light into useable electric potential? In this workshop, students will learn some basics about pigment molecules and their interactions with light. They will then apply these concepts by building mini solar cells using blackberry juice, and venture outside to test the cells' ability to generate electricity.

ARCHITECTURE - Habitat Animalia: Modern Dwellings for Animals

Help Wanted. A few animals have just moved into town and they are looking for some help in designing their new homes. Are you up for the task? Do you want to learn about the design skills and engineering expertise needed to build a home for these adorable creatures? If you answered YES, then this is the presentation for you. This presentation will put you into the shoes of the architect. Interested students will follow their footsteps to design a house for an "animal client". From a sketch on paper to 3D modeling on computer, you can experience the design process as we turn the client’s vision into a three dimensional drawing. Experts in the field of architecture will be providing each group of girls with an "animal client" and will assist them in coming up with sketches for their client’s future homes. Then they will turn these sketches into a 3D rendering on the laptops provided with the Google Sketchup program.This presentation will focus on skills such as collaboration decision making, team work, understanding clientele needs and wants, and learning about the design process.

METEOROLOGY - Inside a Cloud

Have you ever watched a cloud grow and wondered what is going on up there? Find out the science behind clouds by making your very own cloud in a jar! Discover the difference between Hawaii’s fair-weather clouds and severe thunderstorms. Then learn how hail forms in some clouds in another hands-on experiment!

MARINE SCIENCE - Loving Limu: Counting the ways to fall in love with seaweeds

The oceans are full of beautiful and diverse "limu," or seaweeds. How many ways do you use limu? Learn about some of the different uses there are for seaweed and their byproducts, while also exploring the importance of limu in coral reef ecosystems. Discover some of the common limu in Hawaii and learn to identify the invasive limu that threaten both our local flora and fauna. With your very own mini limu press, learn to press and dry limu to take home with you.

MARINE SCIENCE - Marine Microbial Mysteries

Much of science is based on careful observations of the natural world. When we study something very small, we can’t just use our eyes. We have to rely on special equipment such as microscopes to help us make observations on the diverse world of microbes that are found in a single drop of seawater. If you would like to discover the wonderful world of microorganisms in the ocean, come take a look! You will get to view live phytoplankton and zooplankton under the microscope and make scientific observations about each organism. By drawing a sketch of your microbe and recording it’s general characteristics, you will be able to identify who your mystery microbe is!

MARINE SCIENCE - Murder, Mayhem, and Mysteries of Hawaiian Algae

Algae are an important part of the ecosystem, and range in size from largest seaweeds to tiny microscopic single-celled organisms. Algae live in all habitats, including marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Museum displays and hands-on activities have been recreated for this Expanding Your Horizon’s Workshop. These displays will cover many aspects of algae’s role in the environment and human society, including: diversity, Hawaiian algae, research techniques, biofuels, bioluminescence, parasites, and toxins. Students will be introduced to the displays, but then mayhem will ensue. The famous murder of a renowned scientist, poisoned by the algae they were studying, and the theft of museum artifacts, will be recreated. The students will be asked to help solve the mystery by finding clues in the displays. But will they be able to catch the killer?

MATHEMATICS - The Mathematics of Card Tricks

Use mathematics to impress your friends! These mathematical card tricks will have your friends thinking you can read minds! Learn all about the magic of mathematics by performing tricks that are sure to astound and amaze.

BIOLOGY - The Messy History of DNA

Do you know who discovered the structure of DNA? Or who learned that chimps and humans share 99% of their DNA? Learn all about notable female scientists throughout history and get messy testing out some of their experiments!

OCEANOGRAPHY - The Might of the Ocean Depths

Do your ears start to hurt when you dive to the bottom of the deep end of the pool? That's only a few meters deep, imagine how you would feel diving down 5000 meters. The thing that is causing the pain in your ear is called pressure. Doing research in the ocean is difficult for a variety of different reasons, one of which is pressure. When scientists are looking at the deep ocean the pressure becomes huge! This session looks at pressure and the role it plays in ocean experiments.

 

METEOROLOGY - Inside a Cloud

ARCHITECTURE - Habitat Animalia: Modern Dwellings for Animals

MARINE SCIENCE - Loving Limu: Counting the ways to fall in love with seaweeds

MARINE SCIENCE - Marine Microbial Mysteries

OCEANOGRAPHY - The Might of the Ocean Depths

CHEMISTRY - Fruit Juice Solar Cells: Intro to Everyday Organic Chemistry

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY- An experiment of the International Space Station Discover the Secrets of the Universe