Brighter Horizons 2016 Workshops

  • Workshops are geared toward students in 5th to 9th grades.
  • Students will attend three different 50-minute workshops where they will perform some activities that are related to the leader's occupation.
  • Students are to choose their six top options.



  • Student Workshops


    1: Breathe Like a Fish
    Use hands-on kits to help understand the principles of scuba diving. Then use Bio-mimicry to discover a new way to breathe under water.
    Laura Erlig, Educator, Steve Rodgers, Engineer, Agilent

    2: Rockets, Worms and Disappearing Cups
    How can you make a rocket out of a water bottle or make a Styrofoam cup disappear? Join us and you can experience amazing chemical reactions and learn about careers in chemistry.
    Tiffany Pawluk, Chemistry Professor, Moorpark College

    3: Project Brainstorm: Learn About Your Brain
    Have you ever wondered what a real brain looks like? Do you want to learn how your brain works? This fun workshop will teach you about your amazing brain.
    Sarah Madsen, Neuroscientist, Medical Comm., Artemis Zavaliangos-Petropul, Martina DeSalvo, Kate Fehlhaber

    4: Molecular Gastronomy and Food Science
    Learn about food science and how to use chemistry to make agar spaghetti and berry drops.
    Vanessa Lopez, Natalie Chavez, Chemistry Students, CSUCI

    5: Control Your Electronic World
    Learn to use the small, stackable electronic device called Microduino and discover some of its limitless possible uses.
    Derek Hibar, Asst. Professor of Neurology, USC; Bin Feng, Microduino Inc.

    6: Why Worry About Water?
    Learn how water systems work and how the things that happen today affect the groundwater table in the future.
    Jennifer Aguilar, Water Conservation Coord., Glendale Water

    7: What It's Like To Be A Doctor!
    A hands on experience of the way physicians keep you healthy.
    Rauz Eshraghi, Physician, UCLA

    8: Keeping Your Pets Healthy
    Learn about a career in small animal veterinary medicine. Be introduced to a pet physical exam and learn bandage techniques.
    Kathy Jonokuchi, Veterinarian

    9:The Forensics of Fingerprints
    Learn how to identify different fingerprint patterns. Practice making and lifting prints and see how you do at matching in a Fingerprint Challenge.
    Lucinda Sullivan, Maria Perez, Forensic Scientists, Ventura County Forensic Sciences Lab

    10: A Day in the Life of a Park Ranger
    Explore career opportunities in science-related jobs with the National Park Service. No matter what your interests you'll find something for you.
    Kelly Moore, Park Ranger and Marine Biologist, NPS

    11: What's Buggin' Your Garden ?
    Solve the mystery of what is eating your garden plants. Learn about different bugs and how they impact your food & flowers.
    Anna Howell, Entomologist, UC ANR

    12: Space Exploration - Help Wanted!
    Learn how space exploration plays an important role in protecting your planet and investigating the universe. Explore career opportunities at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Sherry Stukes, Software Systems Engineer, JPL

    13: Discover Engineering
    Explore what engineers do? Make (chocolate) asphalt cookies, discover the tools that engineers use and do a design project with solar power (peanuts and walnuts used in demonstration).
    Jeannette Baker, Electrical Engineer; Marta Alvarez, President, YCE Inc., Civil Eng. and Land Surveying; Kylara Hermansen, Ryan Hermansen, Students

    14: Chemistry Solutions
    Explore the difference between chemical reactions and transitions and apply what you've learned to make something edible.
    Linda Narhi, Biochemist, Amgen; Diane Woehle, Principal Scientist, Amgen

    15: Do You Have a Pulse?
    Discussion on what comprises vital signs, normal values and learn to take your own vital signs.
    Kemi Reeves, Nurse Practitioner, UCLA

    16: Math With a Twist!
    Explore math with your own two hands and some twisty tricks. Learn about topology and test the famous Four Color Theorem.
    Carissa Romero, Math Student, CSUCI

    17: Rock and Mineral Detectives
    Identify rocks and minerals, and learn how geologists find them and why they are important. Learn about geology career options.
    Peggye M. Ahlstrom, Jennifer Pavia, Professors of Geology, Moorpark College

    18: Cosmetic Chemistry
    Explore how the chemistry of cosmetics can improve your skin and appearance. You will make a versatile gel, perfume and lip balm.
    Alicia Chavez, Biology Student, CSUCI; Brittany Bagdanov and Brianne Sullivan, Scientists, JAFRA

    19: Gummy Fish Genetics
    Learn about the impact of environment on genetics by mating fish in a gummy fish pond.
    Tracy Blois, PhD, Amgen

    20: Vital Vitamins
    SLearn about vitamins and their benefit to your body. Explore foods that are highest in vital vitamins while making fruit infused water and other treats.
    Shelby Bublitz, Nutritional Scientist

    21: Wilderness Medicine
    Come learn some first aid to help injured people in remote areas and some tricks I have used on my medical care trips around the world.
    Tracey Young, Physician

    22: What Are Your Navy Neighbors Up To?
    Challenge your rocket launching skills by trying to hit a ship model target. Learn about Vertical Launching Systems and Laser Models.
    Karen Kjos-Racicot, Electronics Engineer, Navy; Liz Awa, Electronics Engineer, Navy

    23: The Sky’s The Limit !
    Learn about Armstrong Flight Center (NASA's premier aeronautical center for atmospheric flight research) and learn how to build and fly your own glider.
    Maria L. Caballero, Aerospace Engineer, NASA, Annamarie Schaecher, Educator, NASA

    24: Bite me!
    Examine animal teeth and skulls and learn about key skull features that scientists use to better understand relationships.
    Betsy Connolly, Veterinarian, College Instructor

    25: Living With a Star - Our Sun !
    SExplore our sun and space weather. Use a telescope to safely search for sun spots. Understand magnetic field lines and their connection to coronal mass ejections (CME) and solar wind.
    Marge Bartholomew, Astronomer Coordinator VCAS

    26: Out in the Field
    We will discuss veterinary medicine with a large animal perspective and talk more specifically about working with horses.
    Marta Granstedt, Veterinarian

    27: Science of Slime!
    Explore the properties of non-Newtonian fluids using slime.
    Natalie Banakis, Chemical Engineer, Meissner

    28: Will It Fly ?
    Learn about various engineering concepts that are used for flight testing. Build your own paper airplanes and targets.
    Silvia Faulstich, Flight Test Engineer, Navy

    29: Discovering the Sea Range
    Introduction to the testing facilities, instrumentation and operations of the Point Mugu NAVAIR Sea Range.
    Ilia Ford, Kenna Williams, Engineers, Navy, Pt Mugu

    30: Tools of Biotechnology
    Explore biotechnology by learning how to use some of the tools that scientists in the field commonly use.
    Sherry Tsai, Bio-Organic Chemist, Amgen Biotech Experience Carol Fujita, Biology teacher, Coord. ABE-LA at CSUCI Karin Steinhauer, Microbiologist, Coord. ABE-LA at Pierce College

    31: DNA Isolation From a Strawberry
    DNA carries the instructions for life! We will extract the DNA from strawberry cells and convert it into a solid that you can take home.
    Laura Nary, Scientist

    32: What Microbe Are You?
    Examine marine microbes and their critical importance. Learn how infectious agents can spread and start an epidemic.
    Marisol Luis, Stephanie Soriano, Biology Students, CSUCI

    33: Recycling, Landfills and Trash - Oh My !
    Make your very own landfill. Learn why we need to "Recycle Often, Recycle Right" and -- talk trash !
    Lisa Hemenway & Mindy Paar, Waste Management

    34: Surgery Care - What's Involved?
    Learn how a surgical team of nurses, technicians and doctors work together as a team to take care of patients in surgery. Learn how to scrub in for surgery, prepare the room and even get a glimpse into surgery itself.
    Tamara Grisales, Physician, UCLA; Eleanor Mowbray, Registered Nurse; UCLA

    35: Flying Fruits and Sailing Seeds
    Learn what a fruit is and what its function is in plant reproduction and seed dispersal. Build a flying fruit and see how far its seeds can travel.
    Katherine Courtney, Professor of Biology, Moorpark College

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