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2020 KIS MIT Winter Workshop Program Timothy Allen | Coordinator

Workshop Goals

January 6th to 10th, 2020

All Things Biology

High School Workshop

Grades 10-12

Morning Workshop 9:00-12:00

Afternoon Workshop 2:00-5:00

Students will experience the "professional" biology lab and scientific thinking, which are dissimilar to the biology labs experienced in a common high school setting. We also want to pique their interest in biology by sharing the latest research and exploring the biochemical principles behind everyday life.

Build Your Own Mario Kart Race Track

High School Workshop

Grades 9-10

Morning Workshop 9:00-12:00

Afternoon Workshop 2:00-5:00

The goal of the workshop is to engage students in an interactive mechanical engineering competition, whereby they gain exposure to a multitude of physics concepts through experimentation and application.

Electronic Instruments

High School Workshop

Grades 9-12

Morning Workshop 9:00-12:00

Afternoon Workshop 2:00-5:00

The goal of the workshop is to design, build, and code a variety of electronic instruments using Arduino and unorthodox materials/controls. Students will be able to customize and personalize their choice of materials.

LED Wizard Wand

Middle School Workshop

Grades 6-8

Morning Workshop 9:00-12:00

Afternoon Workshop 2:00-5:00

The goal of the workshop is to have students design and render light movement patterns using programmable LED strips that will be controlled by buttons through an ESP32 hardware piece. Students will interact with both hardware and software components to receive exposure about both components. Each student will leave with their own, personally-programmed LED wand!

All Things Biology Learning Outcome

High School Workshop | Grades 10-12

Prerequisites

Basic Biology

Why do some things taste super sweet to some people and not to others? On that note, is it really better to get less sugar in your boba order? Do collagen creams and 'tightening' skincare products actually work? What should we eat to be happy and healthy? Can you hack biology to make someone attracted to you, and how do scientists figure all this out? Come to this workshop for a healthy dose of "fun," everyday biology along with the cutting-edge, hard science technologies underlying research in diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other major players in modern biomedicine.

Build Your Own Mario Kart Race Track Learning Outcome

High School Workshop | Grades 9-10

Prerequisites

  • Basic Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry principles
  • Basic shop training

Through designing and building their obstacle course and by observing/participating in physics demonstrations, students will learn a variety of physics concepts including: Newton's Laws of Motion, forces and force diagrams, rotational motion and torque, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, and introductory fluid mechanics.

The competition is based on an obstacle course with five components that the students must build/surmount in teams, so their pre-built vehicle can pass through them. The builds include: a ramp, a tower, a bridge, a boat, and a catapult. Using any combination of these builds, the students will compete for the highest overall score on the course.

Electronic Instruments Learning Outcome

High School Workshop | Grades 9-12

Prerequisites

Some programming experience is recommended but not required

Students will spend a week on learning the basics of circuitry and implementing them into designing musical instruments. The activities include electronics assembly using Arduino and basic circuits as well as learning how to program the circuit. By the end of the workshop, students will have at least two playable electronic instruments built from scratch.

LED Wizard Wand Learning Outcome

Middle School Workshop

Prerequisites

Knowledge of basic coding (ie. Variables and functions) recommended

Students will learn electronic assembly using an ESP32 and learn basic programming concepts (variables, loops, and conditionals) through programming the circuit and visualizations. Student will design their own light patterns and wands that will contain the electronics circuits. Through this module, students will grasp a basic understanding of how hardware and software knits together to form a cohesive project.

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Created By
Timothy Allen
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Credits:

Created with images by Skye Studios - "Look Up" • 11891922 - "color holi dust" • Ciel Cheng - untitled image • QTG - "tools parts circuit" • AbigailGina - "led led strip lights"