Tech Savvy Workshops


Note about Allergy Alert: Many workshops may make products.  Please utilize care and observe your allergy/health concerns in all workshops! Students are advised to bring any products home to parents before consuming.

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Workshop 1                         Engineer This!
Discover how your unique ideas could make you a great engineer, learn about the different fields of engineering, and see how quickly you can engineer a tower.
Dan Snitzer and Christina Pinzone, both Process Engineers at Praxair Inc. 

Workshop 2                         Biomass: It Starts with the Sun
Sun-> Biomass -> Useful Materials!
Learn about biomass, a renewable source of energy.  Learn about the role that the sun’s energy plays in the production of valuable polymers and improved biomass use. Through a hand-on activity, participants will learn how you as a chemical engineer in the future can contribute to this field!
Paschalis Alexandridis, Distinguished Professor, and Marina Tsianou, Associate Professor, both of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo

Workshop 3                         Video Games Have Changed the World!
Video games have changed the world since they were invented in 1958. Join us to develop your own game that allows you to be insightful in determining interactions, innovative with the game objectives, and to create an ingenious environment for your game to take place in. Once you have explored the development and design of the game idea, you will then take on the challenge on making the game in a programming language known as Scratch.
Jennifer Winikus,  Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Buffalo & Team 

Workshop 4                         Your Fav. Genes (not Jeans): Putting the Puzzle Together
Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans.  Learn about genes in this fun chromosome identification exercise!
AnneMarie Block, Ph.D., FACMG, Director, Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Workshop 5                         Water Water Everywhere… and Not a Drop to Drink!
Water may be abundant in many places; however, water quality is important.  Explore microbial water quality though this hands on workshop.
Lauren “Lou” Sassoubre, Assistant Professor. Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo 

Workshop 6                         Don’t Waste… E-Waste!
Have an old computer, smartphone, other electronic device?  Protecting the environment is an important role we all play.  In this workshop, you’ll learn about industrial and systems engineering—and responsible ways to help the earth—and innovation!
Let by team coordinated by Sara Behdad, Assistant Professor and Lora Cavuoto, Assistant Professor, both of Industrial & Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo 

Workshop 7                        Pharmacy Phun!
Pharmacists play an invaluable role in healthcare as medication-use experts – guiding the proper use of lifesaving prescription medicines and helping patients get the best results from their medicines. This fun interactive workshop will show you how pharmacists’ interactions with other healthcare professionals and patients truly save lives.
Jessica N. Isaac, Pharm.D., Consultant Pharmacist  

Workshop 8                         CandyLand!
Chemical engineers process chemicals and make– and improve– just about everything around you.  In this workshop, learn about what polymers are and how we use them in our everyday lives.  We will also learn how to make gum drops, a polymer that you can eat! (Note: Allergy Alert)
Rachel M. Hohl, Praxair 

Workshop 9                         Don’t Run Out of Steam
Ever heard of a hero’s engine?  It’s the first ever steam engine, invented in Roman Egypt in the 1st century AD!  They’re just like the ones that you’ll make in this workshop… except they didn’t use soda cans!   In this workshop, you’ll learn about the different types of energy and every conversion. And, you will build your own steam engine made out of a soda can. Under supervision, students will use the thermal heat generated by a petroleum stove to start up your engines!!!
Dalar Nazarian, R&D Development Associate, Cryogenic Systems, Praxair, Inc. 

Workshop 10                      Biometrics
You can be a hacker for a day!  Students will learn about different biometrics, and ways in which systems are hacked. You’ll create a “spoof” rubber finger to “fool” biometric sensors.
Led by:  Phil Schneider, President and CTO, La Salle Concepts and Ph.D. Student Electrical Engineering; Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld, Associate Professor and Director Energy Systems Integration; and Dr. Kevin Burke, Teaching Assistant Professor, Deputy Director Energy Systems Integration 

Workshop 11                      Fun, Fantastic (and Functional!) Foam
Think the products you use are simple?  Think again?  Those products that we use every day involve a LOT of chemistry—And then think of how compounding plays an important role in the medicines you take—with forms helping to make the medicines easier to take, ultimately working better for you. You’ll learn all this and more (while you make your own foaming soap) from a smart team of student pharmacists who know girls’ brains are as beautiful as bubbles!

Coordinated by Amanda Ye & UB School of Pharmacy Team (Note: Allergy Alert)

Workshop 12                      Forensic Meteorology: Weather Works!
Think you know all about meteorology?  This it’s just for the TV personalities?  On-screen weather forecasting is an important role… but there is so much more…  including forensic meteorology.  You’ll learn about this and more as you take a new look at meteorology—and you may find a new career just for YOU!
NOTE: This workshop includes a special gift for participants to take home as you continue to explore how weather works!.
Judy Levan, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Buffalo Office, National Weather Service 

Workshop 13                      I have good sense!
How does the brain gather information? Learn about the different sensory systems we use to gather information about the world around us.
Kathryn Medler, Assistant Professor of Biology, SUNY Buffalo 

Workshop 14                      Merrily We Float Along!
Learning how grease clogs develop—and can be prevented–  in sewers has never been so sweet!  With the help of cookies and chocolate, you’ll keep things floating along – and learn about protecting a valuable public system.
Rosaleen B.  Nogle, P.E..,  Associate Engineer & Chief of Sewer Maintenance, Buffalo Sewer Authority  

Workshop 15                      Say “Cheese”!  The Science and Technology Behind a Healthy Smile
Learn about dentistry as a science and a profession in a fun and interactive presentation.
Dr. Elaine Hennie Megna, founder of the Future Dentists Mentoring Committee, and a team comprised of members of the Future Dentists Mentoring Committee 

Workshop 16                      Under the Microscope
Learn about innovative microscope techniques that can be used in a variety of biological science fields. You will use handheld microscopes and tablets to look at the differences between hair, feather, and scale structure across a few different species and discuss how field biologists use this information.
Lisa Thibault, On-Site Programs Specialist, The Buffalo Zoo 

Workshop 17                      Model Rocketry
On May 25, 1961 President John F. Kennedy set the United States on a course to the moon that lead to Neil Armstrong taking “one small step” in 1969. Since then, space exploration has overcome many challenges through the innovation, imagination and creativity of many great engineers. Your first step to becoming part of this wonderful world of exploration is understanding of how to achieve space travel. Your career possibilities  are guaranteed to “take off” as you build a model rocket.
Team led by Eileen Scannell, Rockets to Robots in a Box 

Workshop 18                      Turning Water Power into Electricity:  How to Make a Mini Hydro Power Plant
Girls in STEM have power!  You’ll make a mini hydro power plant, complete with a “forebay”, “penstock”, “hydro turbine” and generator to power LEDs.
Cecilia Simon, Vice President of WNY SWE and, Instrumentation & Controls Engineer, New York Power Authority. 

Workshop 19                      Soaring into the future
Ready to fly high? Your team will work together to design paper planes and fly them toward a target. Let’s see the quality and accuracy of your team’s design as you all reach high heights in STEM!
Kristy Lindner and Laura Brown, Quality Engineers, both from Baxter Healthcare  

Workshop 20                      “Wow! I can do THAT too?!”
So… tell us. In what careers are you interested? We bet there’s a link to STEM. Come and find out what STEM jobs may be in YOUR future– through new games & activities! Where will YOU fit into the workforce based upon your personal interests?
Dalanda Jalloh, Manufacturing Engineer, Baxter Healthcare