When you register for EYH, you will indicate your top 6 choices of workshops in order of preference. Please be aware that you may not get your top 3 choices. Registering early will improve your chances of being placed in your top choices, but it is not always possible because of the schedule and the number of participants.

EYH workshops use a variety of materials, including food.  If you have concerns about materials, please email eyh@jmu.edu


  1. ALL THAT GLITTERS

    We all want to shine inside and out. Have you ever wondered what makes your makeup shine? Chances are that shimmer is created by a mineral. We use minerals every day. Come learn about these minerals and where they come from. Find out which minerals make your lip gloss shine, discover where they come from, and then make your own. Visit the Mineral Museum to enjoy the glitter of gold, silver, and pyrite and discover crystals larger than your favorite lipstick.

    Dr. Shelley Whitmeyer, Instructor of Geology and Environmental Science, JMU

  2. BODY LANGUAGE: MEASURING THOUGHTS WITHOUT WORDS

    Babies and animals can’t talk, but we can still measure aspects of their thoughts or feelings using technology that measures subtle physical changes. Come explore how we use eye tracking to measure attention in infants and the use of heart rate and skin conductance to measure emotional responses in adults.

    Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen, Associate Professor of Psychology, JMU and Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox, Assistant Professor of Psychology, JMU

  3. CHEMISTRY IN THE HOUSE

    Chemistry is a science that is used basically everywhere in things all around us. Come learn about products that you handle on a regular basis and how chemistry is associated with them. We will explore the makeup of household items, safe and fun experiments that you can also do at home, and the safety associated with science. Chemistry is even associated with food, so there will be some tasty treats!

    Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, JMU Chapter

  4. DESIGNING THE URBAN FOREST

    How do trees benefit your school? Your community? Your health? Can planting trees offset your carbon emissions? Join us to get a glimpse into the field of urban forestry. You will use i-Tree online software to create tree-planting designs for your neighborhood or school and work together to calculate the benefits of planting trees in your area.

    Dr. Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Assistant Professor of IdLS and Affiliate Professor of Biology, JMU

  5. DON'T BE FOOLED WITH STATISTICS

    Is dark chocolate healthy for you? If you lose 99 coin tosses in a row are you due to win soon? Do 9 out of 10 dentists really recommend Crest? We will examine the answers to these questions and learn how to correctly interpret the many statistical studies discussed in social media and the Internet. Come learn how to become a savvy statistics sleuth who understands the usefulness - and limits - of statistics.

    Ms. Arlene Casiple, Instructor of Statistics, JMU

  6. ELECTRIC AND ECLECTIC ART

    Beads, batteries, and binder clips! Come design your own art project with electronic circuits. Create cards or pictures that light up when opened or blink based on a circuit you make with stickers from Chibotronics. Electronic circuits form the basics of smartphones and computers. Learn about sequential and parallel circuits while creating an art project you can take home with you.

    Dr. Dee A. B. Weikle, Associate Professor of Computer Science, JMU

  7. FLOAT MY WIND TURBINE!

    Offshore wind turbines have the potential to generate much more energy than their land-based counterparts. Join us in designing and building a floating platform for an offshore wind turbine. Can your platform stand up to wind and waves? Designs will be judged on performance and cost-efficiency. Winners will receive a fun prize!

    Remy Pangle, Outreach and Education Director, Virginia Center for Wind Energy, and Jamie Mears and Sally Todd, Collegiate Wind Competition Team Members, JMU

  8. HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO DEVELOP TYPE II DIABETES? (CANCELLED)

  9. HOW TO KEEP A SECRET: AN INTRODUCTION TO CODE-MAKING AND CODE-BREAKING

    Did you ever want to keep a secret? Since ancient Rome, generals, spies, and scoundrels have used codes to convey covert information. Today, our computers use modern techniques to keep our information safe on the Internet. Come explore cryptography, the art of making and breaking codes, and how it has developed from the Caesar cipher to public-key codes.

    Dr. John Webb, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, JMU

  10. LAUNCHING TO THE STARS

    Have you ever wanted to be a rocket scientist? Come join us for a taste of how physics and engineering design get a rocket into space! You and your design team will create your own rocket and rocket launcher. Shoot for the stars!

    The JMU Madison Engineering Ambassadors

  11. MAGICAL NUMBERS AND CARD TRICKS

    Think of a three-digit number. Then multiply the three prime numbers 7, 11, and 13 to it. What do you get? Try the same with another three-digit number. Do you see a pattern? Where is this pattern coming from? Come learn some magical number tricks and mathematical card tricks and discover the simple but clever mathematics behind them.

    Dr. Josh Ducey, Associate Professor of Mathematics, JMU

  12. MAKING SENSE OF YOUR SENSES

    Have you ever wondered why you have trouble tasting well when you are sick? Have you ever imagined what the world might look like without color? Have you asked yourself why you do not constantly feel the clothes you are wearing? Join us for fun experiments to learn more about how you experience the world around you!

    Shannon Palmer and Marissa Reilly, Biology students, JMU

  13. MAPPING A DIFFERENCE

    Did you ever wonder why things are where they are? How did they choose where to put that new school? Where should we put solar energy farms? Maps help people solve these problems. Come use geographic information system (GIS) software to make maps of how populations vary in the US, where our energy comes from, and much, much more. Learn how to make maps that can make a difference.

    Dr. Bob Kolvoord, Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering, JMU

  14. MAROONED - ENGINEERING A SOLUTION TO GET HOME

    Do you want to learn more about engineering? The world is facing a lot of challenges, but engineering design gives us a way to better understand and start tackling problems. Join us in a design challenge that requires collaboration and prototyping of creative solutions to figure out a way home after being stranded on an island. You will explore different fields of engineering while learning the engineering design process.

    Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Associate Professor of Engineering, JMU

  15. MORE THAN JUST FOOD…

    We all know some of the ways plants can be used in our lives: we use them for eating, making paper and clothes, and even just as decorations. But have you ever thought about the other ways plants are used in our world? Where do the smells in perfume come from? Or the colors in tie-dye? Join JMU's NSTA to find the answers to these questions in a hands-on workshop with products that you can take home!

    National Science Teachers Association, JMU Chapter

  16. PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD – ACIDS, COLORS, AND [H+]EALTH

    Food gives us energy and nutrients, and the food choices that we make daily can have a positive or negative impact on our overall health. Can acidic foods change the color of a purple cabbage or make eggs bounce? If so, what does that mean for our teeth and bones? Join us to explore some of the chemical properties of food and discover differences in nutritional content of different food products.

    Dr. Janet Gloeckner, RDN, Professor of Dietetics in the Department of Health Professions, JMU and Dr. Laura Dengo Flores, Assistant Professor of Dietetics in the Department of Health Professions, JMU

  17. PRODUCING ELECTRICITY FROM ORGANIC BATTERIES

    Cell phones, tablets, laptops, and flashlights all use batteries to power them. Have you ever wondered how batteries produce this energy? Come learn about the common battery and how to build a simple circuit for lighting a light bulb. Then comes the challenge: can you use fruits or vegetables to build batteries that will produce enough electricity to power light-emitting diodes (LEDs)?

    Dr. Adriana Banu, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, JMU and Dr. David Wilson, Lecturer of Chemistry, JMU

  18. PROGRAMMING WITH FINCH ROBOTS

    Discover a new world of creativity and artistic expression with computer programming! Using Python code, you and a partner will program Finch robots to do a dance, avoid obstacles, and react to light. Come see why Python is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science at top-ranked universities. No experience necessary - anyone can learn!

    Dr. Chris Mayfield, Associate Professor of Computer Science, JMU

  19. SQUISHY SCIENCE: STRAWBERRY DNA EXTRACTION

    Have you ever wondered what makes you, you? All living organisms have a unique code written in their DNA that determines how they look and function. Come learn about the structure and function of DNA, how scientists remove DNA from a cell to study its unique code, and extract DNA from your own strawberry! Get ready for some squishy science!

    Claire Gormley, SRI International and Elena Younossi and Kathryn Mahach, Biology Students, JMU

  20. THE FRUIT DOCTOR: MEDICAL TECHNIQUES

    Calling all future doctors or veterinarians! We receive vaccines to keep us healthy and safe from many life-threatening diseases. Doctors must have the skills to make proper sutures or else their patients recovering from surgery would be left exposed with dangerous wounds. During this workshop, you will gain a greater understanding of the importance of vaccines and suturing and even get to practice these techniques yourself on fruit! *** This workshop will include supervised use of needles/sharps.*** 

    Sarah McKay, Bethany Esser, and Shelby Pedigo, Biology Students, JMU

  21. TURTLE ART WITH PYTHON

    Come apply your creativity and problem solving skills...with turtles! You’ll create art by using the Python programming language to steer a turtle across the screen. Python is a fun, easy to learn language that is widely used by software developers at Google, Facebook, Instagram and many other companies. No experience necessary!

    Nathan Sprague, Associate Professor of Computer Science, JMU

  22. TWISTER- LINEAR EQUATION STYLE

    Have you ever tried to graph lines... with your body? Come learn about linear equations and how to graph them and then experience these equations in three dimensions. You’ll use your creativity and problem-solving skills and learn some exciting mathematical concepts along the way!

    Association for Women in Mathematics, JMU Chapter

  23. WHAT’S THE DIRT ON SOIL?

    Have you ever eaten dirt? Do you want the inside scoop on the difference between dirt and soil? If you answered yes to either of these questions, come use Oreos and candy to create your own edible layers of soil and learn all about how these layers form.

    Association for Women Geoscientists, JMU Chapter

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