The WNY Master Teacher program is excited to host honors and AP high school students at SUNY Buffalo State on Friday May 19, 2017 for STEM @ State! Students will be participating in STEM labs and workshops led by Buffalo State Professors about engaging and relevant topics. Students will be able to use equipment and resources they may not have access to in a high school setting.
9:30-12:00: Lab Session I
12:00-1:00: Lunch, STEM Building Tours, STEM demos
1:00-2:30: Lab Session II
The Genetics of Bitter Taste
Why you like some tastes and not others? There are approximately 30 genes for different bitter taste receptors in mammals. The gene for the PTC taste receptor, TAS2R38, was identified in 2003. We will amplify this gene in each participant's DNA and compare the phenotype with the genotype. Bioinformatics will be used to explore the location and sequence of this.
Students will use a Germanium (Ge) detector to measure gamma rays. Students will see how Neutron Activation is used to irradiate a Plutonium Source and Indium foil. The decay and half-life of transformed atoms will be observed the in the count rate of the gamma rays.
Snap! Drag and Drop Computer Programming
Using SNAP, a free, low syntax programming language, students will write programs to do computations, draw figures, and use multimedia components. Composition of functions and recursion will be explored.
Students will explore nanoscience and nanotechnology of gold nanoparticles using modern analytical instrumentation. The range of applications for gold nanoparticles is growing rapidly and includes, electronics, Photodynamic Therapy and Therapeutic Agent Delivery.
Students will use diffraction and optical interference to measure small objects such as the thickness of a human hair. Other diffraction patterns such as single slit, double slit, multiple slit, CD reflection and Canadian plastic currency will be investigated.
Working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Through GIS modules, students will explore real-world problems such as crime and disease. Maps will be created and spatial analysis tools may be used to provide more insight into the problem. Students will learn how to think spatially, ask spatially related questions, and look for answers with a spatial component.
3D Printing and Laser Engraving
Students will work with three industrial scale printers while exploring the process of creating a 3D model from conception to printing. In addition, students will create and engrave a small design using the Epilog Laser Fusion 60 engraver.
Sports Analytics: Using Mathematical Modeling to Rank Teams
Many variables are important to consider when ranking teams. Students will use mathematics software to analyze team's win-loss records, difficulty of schedule, margin of victory, home advantage and other variables to arrive at a ranking of NCAA football teams - something hotly debated each year. Other sports will be analyzed as well based on student interest.
Modeling Infectious Diseases in Living and Dead
Students will use mathematical models and computer simulations to understand the complexity of infectious disease dynamics. We will use the mathematical models to predict what might happen to the population under threat or understand the hidden characteristics of the disease which might not be too obvious.
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