SUPER STEAM SATURDAYS 2021-2022
All sessions beginning with Aug. 21 and possibly through the winter will be virtual. These sessions occur once a month on Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. and are geared towards middle-school students, but younger and older students are also welcome.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Fun with Probability, Nicole Klemmer
Apr. 9, 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
Students will explore fun and practical applications of probability and statistics. We will investigate some classic probability problems, play games, and find ways to connect probability and statistics to everyday life.
Why Scientists MUST be Artists: A look into the disciplines of creativity, artistry, and altruism to STEM Innovation, Michael Naylor
May 14, 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
This is a look into the qualities and mindsets of artists- as it promotes innovation, risk-taking, “thinking out of the box,” and problem-solving, all cornerstones of STEM innovation. What we learn the closer we look at successful artists and the genius’ in STEM fields-is that they all thrive on, what is absolutely a requirement for innovative art! So-contrary to many practices that separate disciplines, without the mindsets of the creative artists-scientific innovation is challenged… and with them…the cosmos is the limit.
Persuasion from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’: The Pitch Technique, Claire Sparklin
March 19, 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
You have great ideas, but do you ever have trouble convincing other people that your idea is great? Have you ever worked in a group and couldn’t get them to use your solution? Or tried unsuccessfully to influence your teacher to extend a due date? You need a quick, persuasive way to get your point across that you can remember right when you need it. You need the Pitch Technique! In STEAM fields, it’s important to know your idea’s worth and communicate that to stake holders. Come to this active, hands-on session to practice the Pitch Technique and start hearing a lot less NO and much more YES!
Cool Chemistry, Tracy and Eric Schwab
Feb. 12, 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
This workshop led by WCC Chemistry professors will allow students to build molecular models of everyday chemicals, gain experience using various chemicals and equipment, and also solving several mysteries and crimes such as coin counterfeiting.
Critters and Climate Change: What Animals are Telling Us About Our Environment, David Wooten
Jan. 22, 2022, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
As climate change and global warming continue to threaten natural ecosystems around our planet, animals must continue to adapt in order to survive. While some animals can do this easier than others, some populations of animals are declining and provide scientists with valuable information about how species may or may not be able to adapt as our planet continues to change. Join WCC Biology Professor David A. Wooten for an interesting and virtual hands-on look at how certain types of animals are informing us about climate change and what we can do to help.
Climate Change: Science, Scenarios, and Solutions, Smita Malpani
Dec. 4, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
A fun, interactive and informative session that focuses on the science of climate change.
Science Poetry, Tom Zimmerman, Maryam Barrie and Ernesto Querijero
Nov. 6, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
Students will learn about poems written about science in all its complexity and beauty. Poetry is a powerful way to engage your intellect imaginatively. Prepare to be surprised.
Improv Yourself!, Tracy Jaffe
Oct. 30, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
Humor and creativity work in similar ways. By creating relationships between two disconnected items, you engage the whole brain.” Humor guru, William Fry, M.D., Stanford University
Dip your toe into the joyous pool of improv while building critical thinking and communication skills. This is a perfect place for absolute beginners to enter the learning zone through the power and fun of “YES… And…! This safe and positive workshop environment will engage critical thinking skills through games that spark thinking outside of the box to open up new possibilities and pathways to solve a problem. Improvisation emphasizes communication with team members and the audience, cultivating a space that honors creative thinking and delights in the shared creation of a narrative. Join us for a dose of fun and laughter to open our minds, play together and make anything happen, on the spot, right before our eyes!
STEAM career workshop, Susan Dentel
Sept. 18, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
Come and learn about exciting STEAM careers by playing a fun game. During this session we will also build a mystery widget using materials from home.
“Not So Random” Math-Probability Workshop, Megan Richendollar
Aug. 21, 2021, 1 p.m. Eastern time (US and Canada)
Zoom-in and check out our math probability workshop! This will be a fun and interactive math session covering probability. There will be music, games and teams playing a jeopardy style game board to help strengthen your skills. Disclaimer: No prior math knowledge of probability required, and a calculator is optional.