• We will be closed all day on Saturday, May 30, due to a special event.

Themed Field Trips

High School Innovation Workshop Days

Choose two cutting-edge workshops, tailor-made for high school students:

  • 3D Printing & Design
  • Brave New World: Decisions at the Nanoscale
  • Start from Scratch
  • eTextiles
  • Today's Medical Technologies

Enjoy a Career Connections brownbag lunch. Bring your own lunch, and chat with graduate students about exploring careers with University of Pittsburgh PhD students in the Department of Bioengineering, which has six tracks in bioengineering: cellular and organ engineering, biomechanics, biosignals and imaging, physiology and biophysics, neural engineering, and medical product engineering. They will discuss their amazing research and career path choices. Bring your own questions!

Event Dates:
April 9

Career Connections Science and Technology topics include:
Biotechnology, Bioengineering, New Technologies, IT, Anatomy, Biology, and Careers

Choose from these workshops

(all have a capacity of 30 students and run for 45 minutes):

3D Printing and Design

In a State of the Union address, President Obama said that 3D printing "has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost anything." What do you know about 3D design, 3D printing and scanning – even 3D software? Will 3D printing be the next major technological revolution?

Imagine villages in the developing world printing parts for farm equipment or water pumps, and the solar panels that drive them. Imagine mobile production plants quickly deployed in disaster zones, printing out anything from arm splints to tent stakes. This workshop includes a demo of 3D printing and students will use 3D software to customize an item for themselves, working in teams of two. Their file will be emailed to them so they can have it printed. The students will vote on the coolest design executed in their workshop. The designers will be sent their free 3D printed creation!

Science and technology topics include:
IT, Business, Manufacturing, Careers and Graphics

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New! Brave New World: Decisions at the Nanoscale

Tackle a crash course in nanotechnology followed by group decision-making and prioritizing future research. Students decide their own future. Do we first design a cloak of invisibility, nanoparticle fuel cells, or a space elevator? What would you choose? Then, suppose you were a mother in Mozambique or a soldier overseas – would your choices be the same?

Crash course includes using nanotechnology to create your own bookmarks.

No prior knowledge of nanotechnology is required.

Science and technology topics include:
Project-based Learning, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Advanced Materials & Processes, Careers and New Technologies

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Start from SCRATCH

SCRATCH is a free programming language that lets you create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art using a drag and drop system. Students will use this software to practice important mathematical and computational ideas – all while learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively. Best of all, they can go home and use this free software to keep the learning and excitement going!

Science and technology topics include:
IT, Careers, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)

Program Capacity: 30

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What are eTextiles? In this workshop, you'll find out, and create some of your own. Use conductive thread, LEDs, complete circuits, and more! Create and take home your own wristband.

Science and technology topics include:
IT, Project-based Learning, Careers, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math)

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New! Today's Medical Technologies

Learn all about the options, including the latest technologies in diagnoses, doctors have in examining your body. How do medical professionals choose between non-invasive scans, minimally invasive scopes, and surgery? See examples of scanners and scopes in action. Be introduced to surgical skills through a dissection (not human, of course!). Hands-on: explore endoscopic techniques, design an engineer challenge (developing a medical technology), and "you are the medical professional" – put your patient through the best tests to diagnose and heal them.

Location in the NEW BodyStage presented by Allegheny Health Network

Science and technology topics include:
Anatomy, Health, New Technologies, Careers and IT

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