At the 2022 conference, students will be placed into cohorts that stay together throughout the day as they attend a track/group of 3 workshops together.  When you complete your registration for madiSTEM, you will indicate your top choices of workshop tracks.  Please be aware that you may not get your number one choice due to the number of participants.  We encourage you to be open to exploring new things as you make your requests.

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

 

2022 Student Workshop Tracks

Here are the workshop tracks for the 2020 conference. Workshops within each track are listed alphabetically. Descriptions of the workshops in each track can be found below in the 2022 Student Workshop Descriptions Section.

 

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

BUILD A WIND TURBINE

CHEMISTRY IN THE HOUSE

FRACTAL ART WITH PYTHON

MAKING SENSE OF YOUR SENSES

MAROONED...

ROBOT GEOMETRY

CUTTING WITH CODE

MAKING SENSE OF YOUR SENSES

THE DATING GAME

 

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

GO HUNT WIFI

NOT SO SWEET ODDS

WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT

FRACTAL ART WITH PYTHON

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

MAROONED...

FAST FRIENDS

PROGRAMMING WITH FINCH ROBOTS

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU

 

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

ALL THAT GLITTERS

LIVING ON THE EDGE...

OPERATION STATISTICS

BUILD A WIND TURBINE

ROBOT GEOMETRY

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU...

BRAIN TRICKS

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

YOUR HEARTBEAT...

 

2022 Student Workshop Descriptions

Here is a printable two-page pdf of the Student Workshop descriptions.

  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. (Track 7)

    Dr. Chiara Elmi, Assistant Professor of Mineralogy, JMU

  2. BRAIN TRICKS
    Have you ever wondered how your brain processes information? Can you always trust what your eyes think you see? Come join us to participate in some puzzling demonstrations and see how psychologists investigate these phenomena. (Track 9)

    Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen, Professor of Psychology, JMU

  3. BUILD A WIND TURBINE!
    Have you ever wondered how we can use the power of the wind and sun to produce electricity? Come join us to build your own wind turbine and solar panel! (Tracks 1 and 8)

    Mr. Dustyn Vallies, Education and Development Manager, JMU and JMU Collegiate Wind Competition students

  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. (Track 1)

    Alpha Chi Sigma, Professional Fraternity for the Chemical Sciences, JMU

  5. CUTTING WITH CODE
    Every sticker has a story from the one you got in a card from a friend you hadn't seen for months to the one from that restaurant you went to last summer on family vacation. In this workshop, you will draw a design on paper and then program a vinyl cutter to cut the design into a real sticker. (Track 3)

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

  6. FAST FRIENDS
    Did you know there’s a science of friendship? Researchers have identified many factors that make it easier to find – and keep – friends. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the science of becoming fast friends with someone while playing games with other students. One of the games will involve discovering some really uncommon things you have in common with others. (Track 6)

    Dr. Natalie Kerr, Professor of Psychology, JMU

  7. FRACTAL ART WITH PYTHON
    In this workshop, you will use a computer to draw digital fractal art! Absolutely no prior experience in programming is necessary -- you will be taking existing code and running and changing it. You will be able to see how computers can automate tasks and how that ability can also be used to express yourself creatively. Along the way you will also learn a bit of Python, an extremely popular modern programming language! (Tracks 1 and 5)

    Dr. Mike Lam, Associate Professor of Computer Science

  8. 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! (Track 4)

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

  9. LET'S MAKE A DEAL
    In the famous Monty Hall problem a contestant chooses from three doors, one of which has a prize. After the contestant makes their initial choice, the host opens one of the other losing doors and then gives the contestant the option of switching to the other closed door. Should they switch? We will play the game for candy prizes, discuss the history, and determine the best strategy to maximize the odds of winning. (Tracks 5 and 9)

    Ms. Colleen Watson, Instructor of Statistics, JMU

  10. LIVING ON THE EDGE: LIFE ON A SINKING ISLAND
    Come learn about life on one of the only remaining inhabited islands in the Chesapeake Bay. We will hear their stories and experience life working on the water. We will investigate the current issues that threaten them, then each group will create and present a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach others about how they can help this community thrive. (Track 7)

    Dr. Robbie Higdon, Assistant Professor of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education, JMU and Miss Ani Basica, Honors Scholar, JMU

  11. MAKING SENSE OF YOUR SENSES
    How do our senses work to help us experience the world and respond to the different cues around us? Join us in this workshop to learn how you see colors, how can you hear a far away sound, why some people are extra good at gymnastics and more. (Tracks 2 and 3)

    Dr. Bisi Velayudhan, Assistant Professor of Biology, JMU

  12. 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. (Tracks 2 and 5)

    Society of Women Engineers, JMU

  13. 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. (Track 4)

    Dr. Nusrat Jahan, Professor of Statistics, JMU

  14. OPERATION STATISTICS
    Which surgery tool is better? Does it matter who the surgeon is? Is one tool better for one type of operation but not the other? Come play the game Operation! We will use statistics to examine whether a store-bought tweezer is better than the one provided with the game while learning about collecting and analyzing data. (Track 7)

    Dr. Beth Cochran, Assistant Professor of Statistics, JMU

  15. 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! (Track 6)

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

  16. ROBOT GEOMETRY
    Could a robot help you with your math homework? Come join us to learn some easy programming and use Edison robots to draw simple geometric shapes. (Tracks 2 and 8)

    Dr. Hyejin Park, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, JMU

  17. THE DATING GAME
    Have you ever wondered how scientists determine how old rocks are? Come join us to use M&Ms to simulate how atoms radioactively decay and learn how this is used to date rocks. (Track 3)

    Dr. Ioana Niculescu, Professor of Physics, JMU

  18. WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT
    Why have barefoot running and minimalist shoes become so popular? Come join us to discover the field of biomechanics! We will use a pressure platform, an app, and make our own videos to measure foot pressure, whole-body acceleration, and joint movements while running and walking. (Track 4)

    Ms. Sara Higgins, Biology laboratory research assistant, JMU

  19. 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. (Tracks 6 and 8)

    Dr. Cynthia Bauerle, Professor of Biology, JMU

  20. YOUR HEARTBEAT...IT'S ELECTRIC!
    Come be a physiologist for the day and study the fascinating subject of you, specifically your heart! We will look at the anatomy (structure) of the heart and how it pumps blood. We'll talk about the electrical system that makes your heart beat and see what this looks like on an electrocardiogram (EKG), a tool doctors use in the hospital to determine patient heart health. (Track 9)

    Jess Marquardt, Lecturer of Biology, JMU



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