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C1 – Field Skills for the Forest
Get Outside in the Forest! You will go to the University Forest to learn the common tree species and to learn the use of a compass, an essential skill if you want to go of f the beaten path. Come join the company of others who want to be in the woods.
C2 – The World is Your Oyster
Marine aquaculture is f arming in the sea, and requires knowledge of the marine environment, and sea animals and plants. In this workshop you will get to see and touch a range of sea animals that are farmed in Maine. You could spawn an urchin and watch the eggs develop, build an aquaponics system (that you copy at home or at school), and find out how a cool and fun Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science or Animal & Veterinary Science is the perfect way of starting a life time of working as a farmer in the sea.
C4 – Composite Materials Strengthening Our World
In this workshop, students will learn about the components of composite materials, how they are made, and how they are used in items we encounter every day. Students will then design and construct their own composite material, and test its strength in a hands-on activity.
C5 – Water and Watersheds: Imagine, Build, and Play (no longer available)
In this workshop, we will talk about and explore the movement in the environment. We will use computer-based Scratch multimedia environment to build models of rainfall and runoff into streams. Students get to put their ideas into models and work together to learn about the scientific principles related to water and watersheds.
C6 – Market Simulation by Spiffy (Student Portfolio Investment Fund) (no longer available)
You will learn how different components of goods and services interact in a market. While learning the importance of how industries interact in a market we will also discuss the benefits in an analytical career in finance, economics and business.
C7 – Bright Stars and Black Holes
Participants will find constellations in the Jordan Planetarium and model the gravity of massive objects. We will discover the workings and powers of telescopes and conclude with a journey to deep space and close-up looks at black holes.
C8 – The COOL things about Food Science (no longer available)
It will allow students to explore how simple ingredients can change sensory characteristics of the food.
C9 – Assistive Technology and Agriculture
In this workshop you will learn about disabilities and how they can affect a person’s ability to farm. We will look at current assistive technology (AT) being used to overcome these barriers and allow people to continue to farm successfully. We will do a hands-on exercise to build your own AT to take home. This workshop will help you explore future careers in agriculture, engineering, or occupational therapy.
C10 – How to Make Learning in College Fun (no longer available)
In this workshop, through hands-on creative problem solving activities, you will learn about being a college student and the importance of study skills. University of Maine’s Tutor Program staff and students will provide their expertise and share their stories with you as they provide ways to make college level learning fun!
C11 – UMaine Dance Team
In this workshop, we will teach a dance routine to a popular radio hit, as well as a routine to a recording of music performed by the University’s marching band. These two different dances will be taught to showcase the diversity of dance styles that exist and are offered at UMaine.
C12 – Bugs and Baskets (no longer available)
In this workshop you will learn to identify the Emerald Ash Borer and how it is killing ash trees. You will take a trip outside the classroom. You will learn about the Wabanaki art form of basket making and see examples of this tradition.
C13 – Exploring Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology deals with matter on an atomic or molecular scale – in other words, really tiny! This emerging science may be able to create new materials and could have far ranging implications in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and more. Come and see how your future might be changed by nanotechnology!