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. Come find out which minerals make your lip gloss shine, discover where they come from, and then make your own. We will visit the Mineral Museum to enjoy the glitter of gold, silver, and pyrite and discover crystals larger than your favorite lipstick.

    The JMU Geology Club and Dr. Chiara Elmi, Assistant Professor of Mineralogy, 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, Associate Professor of Psychology, JMU

  3. BREAKING PASTA

    When you press on both ends of a spaghetti noodle hard enough, it will break. But what happens in the instant right before it breaks? We'll do some experiments and then use a high-speed camera to catch every instant, not seen with the naked eye. Can math help us predict where the noodles break, and how many pieces they break into? Come see for yourself how a high-speed camera can reveal the mathematics behind noodles breaking!

    Dr. Roger Thelwell, Associate Professor of Mathematics, JMU

  4. CHEMISTRY IN THE HOUSE

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

    Erin Krist and Dariia Yehorova, Chemistry Students, JMU 

  5. COUNT ME IF YOU CAN

    How many deer live in a forest? How many fish live in a stream? How do these numbers change over time? These are the questions of wildlife biologists! Using live crickets, we will learn real mark-recapture techniques that biologists use to learn about these populations. Get your hands dirty with us and become a real wildlife biologist!

    Ms. Morgan Hussey, Ms. Bailie Lavan, and Ms. Christine Verdream, Biology Graduate Students, JMU

  6. CRYPTOGRAPHY: THE MATHEMATICS OF SECRET-KEEPING

    Can you keep a secret? In this workshop, we will discover the exciting mathematics of encrypting secret messages. Come explore different types of ciphers and develop your own secret codes!

    The Association for Women in Mathematics, JMU Chapter

  7. DISEASE DETECTIVES

    It all began with a seemingly innocent birthday party at the Community Swim Club! We need your help to investigate why guests from the party are becoming ill. Do you accept our challenge to become a Disease Detective? Come learn about the science of epidemiology and help solve a disease outbreak.

    Dr. Sarah Blackstone, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, JMU and Dr. Laura Merrell, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, JMU

  8. DON'T BE FOOLED WITH STATISTICS

    How likely is it that at least two students in your class will have the same birthday?  What is the best strategy to win the prize in a game show or to unlock the chest of jewels?  We will examine the answers to these questions by learning how to count! Come learn how to become a savvy statistics sleuth who understands the usefulness and limits of statistics. 

    Ms. Arlene Casiple, Instructor of Statistics, JMU and Dr. Prabhashi Withana Gamage, Assistant Professor of Statistics, JMU

  9. GO HUNT WIFI

    Have you ever wondered what makes it possible for you to watch your favorite show or to play your favorite game on your Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad or Android Tablet? In this workshop, we will have fun learning about a device that is in almost every home today - the WiFi Router. Come join us on a WiFi scavenger hunt and discover that these routers are everywhere!

    Dr. Emil Salib, Professor of Integrated Science & Technology, JMU

  10. HURRICANES ON A SPHERE: TRACKING AND RESCUE

    A powerful storm with winds exceeding 157 miles per hour lashes New York City and New Jersey; how do you prioritize your rescue operations across the region with limited resources?  Why are some hurricanes more destructive than others, and how do scientists track and monitor these storms?  Come witness the formation and tracks of hurricanes on a 6-foot diameter animated globe and discover how you might see a hurricane on Earth if you were an astronaut in space.

    Christy Bradburn, Science On a Sphere Coordinator and Instructor of Geographic Science, JMU

  11. 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

  12. LET'S MAKE AN APP

    Have you ever wanted to design your own mobile app? Thanks to App Inventor, it’s easier and more fun than ever before! This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of user interface design and event-driven programming. Come learn how to create Android apps that you can share with your family and friends!

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

  13. 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. Come explore different fields of engineering while learning the engineering design process.

    Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel, Assistant Department Head and Associate Professor of Engineering, JMU and The Society of Women Engineers, JMU Chapter

  14. MATHEMAGIC

    Do you know my magic number? Come learn how to do the coolest math trick around! We will use magic math cards to perform the trick and use mathematics to discover how it works. You will be given your own set of cards to take home so that you can practice the magic trick with your friends and family. 

    Dr. Liz Arnold, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, JMU

  15. NOT SO SWEET ODDS

    What is more likely to cause diabetes? Eating lots of sugar or lack of activity? Could it be a combination of the two or something else entirely? In this workshop, you will become an investigative statistician to discover how the combination of different lifestyle choices can influence the odds of developing Type II diabetes.  Join us as we run a simulation using M&Ms and find out if you can beat the odds.

    Dr. Nusrat Jahan, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, JMU and The JMU Statistics Club

  16. OUT OF THIS WORLD

    Millions of images have been returned from Mars and provide clues to the evolution of the planet.  However, there are too many for NASA researchers to analyze, and the analysis is too complicated for computers.  NASA needs your help!  During this workshop, we will contribute to cutting edge research by helping NASA identify landforms on Mars and learn about the women who have helped build our space program.  

    The Association for Women Geoscientists, JMU Chapter and Dr. Shelley Whitmeyer, Assistant Professor of Geology, JMU

  17. PROGRAMMING WITH FINCH ROBOTS

    Want to stay one step ahead of our robot overlords? Start practicing with adorable Finch robots! In this workshop, we will learn to write Python code to make our Finch robots dance, avoid obstacles, sing, and react to light. Come see why Python is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science at top-ranked universities. No prior experience is necessary - anyone can learn!

    Professor John Bowers, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, JMU

  18. SURVIVING IN SPACE: THE CHALLENGES OF SPACE EXPLORATION

    Exploring our universe requires extreme science and engineering practices. Putting the needed equipment and personnel into orbit is a very challenging process. Come explore how NASA is meeting the challenge of supporting space explorers and use balloons to simulate transporting heavy payloads into orbit.

    Dr. Robbie Higdon, Assistant Professor of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education, JMU, Dr. Joi Merritt, Associate Professor of Early, Elementary, and, Reading Education, JMU, and Dr. Angela Webb, Assistant Professor of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education, JMU

  19. 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, we will gain a greater understanding of the importance of vaccines and suturing, and you will even get to practice these techniques yourself on fruit!
    *** This workshop will include supervised use of needles/sharps.***

    Sarah McKay, Biology Student, JMU and Alexandria Pahides, Biology Pre-Veterinary Student, JMU

  20. TURTLE ART WITH PYTHON

    Come apply your creativity and problem solving skills...with turtles! We’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!

    Dr. Nathan Sprague, Associate Professor of Computer Science, JMU

  21. UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF COLOR

    Do you know that objects in nature don't actually have color? Color is just an artifact of the human eye. In this hands-on workshop, we are going to use visible light and dyes to explore the science behind color and create our own thaumatrope toys.

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

  22. WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER

    Have you ever heard of fish-hunting snails?  How in the world could such slow creatures ever catch such a fast-moving prey?  Cone snails use poisonous venom to capture fish, with each species of cone snail making its own deadly concoction.  This venom could lead to new life-saving medicines, but we first need a better understanding of the evolution of the cone snail family.  In this workshop, we'll learn about this fascinating group of predatory marine animals and use their beautifully decorated shells to build our own family tree of cone snail species.

    Dr. Cynthia Bauerle, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, JMU and The College of Science and Mathematics Student Council, JMU


Pictures from 2018 EYH Workshops

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