Student Conference Grades 6-8

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Innovation is a new way of doing something; may be incremental, radical, or revolutionary.

Discover the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math at the 2017-18 Let's Innovate Conferences for RVA metro area public school students! Meet and talk with the scientists and educators who are turning possibilities of today into the realities of tomorrow.

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location:  MathScience Innovation Center, 2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA  23223
Cost: $20 per student
Registration: Online
Lunch: Provided for all students



Achoo! Tracking Disease with Math

Ever been infected by a cold or the flu? Wondered who made you sick? Come find out how mathematics helps one to track diseases. But be warned you might get infected!

Art Lab

Let’s investigate pig hearts (very similar to human hearts) by using art! By dissecting, drawing/sketching, and asking good questions, we can come to understand the heart’s structure and how it works! The same process can be used to investigate anything in nature (or from the supermarket!). Everyone will get their own pig heart to investigate and draw/paint in the lab.

Challenger Space Mission

What is it like to be an astronaut? Join the Challenger space crew and run a simulated space mission and see if your team can meet the challenge. Experience both the working aspects of an astronaut in the spacecraft and the supporting role of Mission Control during this flight. Crew members must be prepared to work with technology like computers, probeware, or robotics in order to accomplish their mission goals.

Creative Creations

Do you realize you can create some super cool creations using your math knowledge and some basic materials? You’ll have fun creating a cube that you can take home with you. Your cube can be a secret box, a gift box, or anything you desire.

Getting Kinetic with Newton

Through the construction and testing of model kinetic energy cars, you will examine Newton’s Laws of Motion. Consideration will also be given as to how to improve on the performance of the models through STEM and the engineering design process.

Lots of Legs! An Arthropod Adventure

Most of the critters on the planet have a lot more legs than you. Come explore the classes of Phylum Arthropoda as we explore and experiment with these amazing creatures.

Shaping Up with Wind Energy

What is the best design for the blades on a wind turbine? Join in as we investigate our own blade designs. See if your design can generate enough power to turn on an LED light!

What Do You See at the Bottom?

Ever wonder what matter looks like at the molecular scale? How about if you were the scientist that told everyone what wonderful things you can do with matter? Well here is your chance to run an atomic force microscope right here at the MSiC and see for yourself what happens at the very tip of an atom! Using Remote Access Instrumentation for Nanotechnology, you will be that scientist at the cutting edge of science!