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School of Natural Sciences

Middle School and High School Workshops BSA 2022

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Drop-Off/Pick-Up Information

Please drop-off students at 8:30am on the day of each workshop and pick-up students at 4:00pm at Champion Way behind the Health & Athletics Center on the UC Merced campus.

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Middle School Offerings (open to 6th-8th grade students)

Deep Dive Into the Study of Neuropsychology (Now Closed)

June 13th-June 17th, 2022

In this workshop, students will explore the topic of attention, memory, sleep, and the effects of trauma on the brain. They will expand their knowledge of the brain by learning about different brain parts, how neurons work, and how we develop as humans -- from prenatal to adulthood.

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More Than Just Cows and Plows: How Technology Can Help Make Agriculture More Sustainable (Now Closed)

June 21st-June 24th, 2022 (4-day week)

What do micro.bits and rovers have to do with the field of agriculture? Come join us for a week-long workshop learning how technology and sensors can help create more sustainable agriculture. Learn how to program rovers to perform tasks that will simulate the conservation of energy and water resources. 

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So, You Want to be a Doctor??

June 27th-July 1st, 2022

Everyone wants to be a doctor, but did you know there is a huge need in other areas of medicine? Join us for a week-long exploration of various careers in the medical field, including: veterinarians, emergency medicine, dentistry, sports medicine, etc.

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Back to the Future: Time Traveling Through California's Biodiversity

June 27th-July 1st, 2022

This workshop will introduce students to California biodiversity – how species are connected to one another and their environments today and in the past, what those connections say about the future, and why biodiversity is important to humans.

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Ohms, Sweet Ohms! Exploring Electrical Circuits through LEDs

July 11th-July 15th, 2022

This workshop will consist of building a night light using electric circuits. By familiarizing yourself with the elements involved in making an electrical source you will be able to put together a circuit that is efficient and creates a vibrant light using LEDs. Have fun by decorating your nightlight and creating a comforting light to add to your home!

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How Long Until Earth is Unlivable?

July 11th-July 15th, 2022

The purpose of this workshop is to educate students on the importance of the weather and climate in our daily lives and how climate change affects these fundamental principles of the environment. Students will work on hands-on activities throughout the duration of the workshop to help with engagement and ultimately expand their education. 

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Bobcat Files: Processing Physical Crime Scene Evidence 

July 18th-July 22nd

In this innovative forensic academy, learn how to process physical evidence at a crime scene. Techniques will include lifting fingerprints from various surfaces, ballistics, lip print evidence, documenting a crime scene, and glass fracture analysis. 

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Get your start in tech! NexTech Robotics and FLY CITRIS drones

July 18th-July 22nd

Robots, drones, and programming –Oh my! Students will get in touch with their tinkering side by assembling and programming a Vex robotics kit. Additionally, students will learn about drone safety and get their start as pilots, flying a drone in two ways. One day they will fly a manual obstacle course and another pre-program a flight path using python. They will practice real-world scientific applications by using satellite data to understand the world around them. There are millions of applications for drone and satellite data! The week will end with drone and robot competitions.

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Bobcat Files: Processing Biological Crime Scene Evidence 

July 25th-July 29th, 2022

In this innovative forensic academy, learn how to process biological evidence at a crime scene. Techniques will include collecting and analyzing DNA evidence, bones, blood typing, and blood spatter analysis.

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Secure Water Future's: Super Soaker Water Academy

July 25th-July 29th, 2022

This is a week-long program that will teach students all about water and how it is stored and used in California. By the end of the week, students will have participated in water activities to teach them the relationship between water, agriculture, climate change, and how we can use technology to help our water systems. Includes 2 hour kayaking fieldtrip to lake Yosemite.

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High School Offerings (open to 9th-12th grade students)

Brain Blast! Deep Dive Into the Study of Cognitive Neuropsychology (Now Closed)

June 6th-June 10th, 2022

In this workshop, students will explore the topic of attention, memory, sleep, and the effects of trauma to the brain. They will expand their knowledge of the brain by learning about different brain parts, how neurons work, and how we develop as humans -- from prenatal to adulthood.

See the flyer here

Ready, Set, Coding! Explore the world of coding and design (Now Closed)

June 13th-June 17th, 2022

During the week, you will learn how to bring your creative ideas to life by designing websites or apps. Various languages and programs covered: Figma, HTML, CSS, JavaScript. Finishing it off with a Design Hackathon to see the amazing projects created using the skills learned throughout the week.

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Measuring things which are very fast or very small... like light waves!

June 27th-July 1st, 2022

Light travels very very fast, while an individual light wave is very very small. So, how do we measure these things in a lab? In this STEM Academy you will find out: we will learn to use some basic physics lab equipment like function generators, oscilloscopes, and lasers. We will then conduct our own measurements of the physical properties of light and sound and see how close we can get to the true values. Put your skills to the test in this interactive seminar.

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Get Betta at Gardening with Betta and Goldfish: An intro to Aquaponics

July 11th-July 12th, 2022

Students will know the basic needs of plants and fish and their relationship to one another. Students will engineer, assemble, maintain, and observe a small scale aquaponics system that meets plants' and Fish needs

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