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SciTech

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Experience SciTech!

3/4/2017 to 2/23/2020

Wed., Nov. 1–Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Grades 6–12

SciTech is a field trip for middle and high school students to experience careers in medicine, robotics, and other growth areas of Pittsburgh in a fun, dynamic atmosphere. This hands-on event allows you to register students for cutting-edge workshops and featured programs, as well as explore interactive exhibits from real-world scientists, engineers, tradespeople, and other professionals from more than 40 leading STEM companies and universities.

SciTech programming is designed to offer a diverse and broad range of topics. Programs emphasize:

  • Cross-curricular learning integrating fields such as science and art or science and politics.
  • Real-world connections encouraging citizen decision-making and civic engagement.
  • Career awareness featuring interactions with professionals, regional opportunities, and hands-on activities highlighting project-based learning, teamwork, and critical thinking skills that are essential for success in these fields.

Each program varies as to the degree of these components. Feel free to ask for a fuller description of what to expect in a workshop or theater program.

Reserve your spot today! Call 412.237.3400.

For additional program information, call 412.237.1552.


Middle School Program Selections

SciTech programming is designed to capture the interest of younger teens as they start making choices that will affect their careers.

All programming is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Theater Shows+

The following theater shows will take place each day of SciTech at the times listed.

Build a Better World Presented by Humane Animal Rescue

We share planet Earth with thousands of different organisms. From microbes to raccoons, everything plays a role in keeping the world healthy. This program will show you how the animals in Pennsylvania are making the world a better place, as well as what we can do to make sure we protect it for future generations.

Showtime: 10–11 am


Brain Power

Unravel the mystery of our ever-changing brain! Expose your brain to stimuli and trigger the impulses of neurons and receptors as we explore the main processor of our body.

Showtime: 10–10:30 am


Reactions in Action

Check out our chemi-cool chemistry show full of elements to surprise. Learn about our atomic family with color-changing experiments and learn how green chemistry is helping chemists reduce, reuse, and recycle. See reactions in action! Program made possible with support from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Showtime: 10–11 am

Workshops +

The following workshops will be held at 10 am, 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm each day. Workshops have a capacity of 20 students per timeslot.

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Lab 2

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) games are fun, exciting ways for students to experience this important new technology. VR and AR are changing the game for many industries, including architecture, building, research, design, engineering, and marketing. In this exciting lab, students experience virtual worlds using specialized VR googles and provided smartphones.


Sports + STEM

Pittsburgh. Many would agree that there isn’t a bigger sports town around, and Pittsburghers embrace that proud legacy. But did you know that a passion for sports can be used as a gateway to talk about science? In Sports + STEM, students will get active to quantify the body’s response to physical activity and use Newton’s Laws of Motion to analyze linear and rotary motion in sports.


Cosmic Colors

Scientists use telescopes to capture and filter different wavelengths of light to study celestial objects – including wavelengths beyond those the human eye can detect. In this workshop, students will engage with color filters, spectroscopy, immersive lighting, and solar telescopes to learn about the role of color and light in astronomy visualization.

Buhl Planetarium’s Chromacove LED lighting system will allow students to observe images in an immersive color-changing environment. A handheld color filter activity will then explore why astronomers combine data from different wavelengths to paint a more complete picture. Students will then use diffraction glasses to observe the “signature” emission spectra of ionized gasses to learn about the chemical composition of stars and nebulae. Weather permitting, the workshop will conclude with an opportunity for safe solar observing using two contrasting methods: solar telescopes and sun funnels.


What’s the Buzz? Bees and the Ecosystem

Bees are more than just our source of honey. This workshop gives students the chance to learn more about life in the hive and just what makes these incredible insects so special. Students will also learn more about the vital role bees play in our ecosystem, and how to protect them in the future.


Zoological Design

How do zoos and museums design exhibits that suit the animals and wow the visitors? Design an animal display for some of Pennsylvania’s native animals and learn the basics of planning and pitching your design.


Roots, Shoots, and Solutes: The Relationship Between Trees and Their Ecosystem

Explore the relationships within a forest through the physiology of trees. How can this organism influence its environment while also adapting to changes in the ecosystem? Be ready to get your hands dirty as we dig up discoveries and play with water flow in our classroom ecology experiments.


Nuclear Energy: Separating Fact and Fission

Navigate the world of nuclear energy as you learn the real science behind it while debunking common myths. Explore subatomic particles, discover the truth about radiation, and take a virtual field trip to a nuclear reactor.


Sphero Bridge Challenge

Build a bridge using classroom materials and then program Sphero to drive across. Students will explore the process of determining which code elements would be best suited to accomplish an objective while also deciding on the best design for the bridge.


High School Program Selections

SciTech’s high school programs prepare students for the workforce as scientists, engineers, and technicians, and raise awareness of the importance of understanding the science and technology fundamentals in our society.

All programming is linked to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Theater Shows +

The following theater shows will take place each day of SciTech at the times listed.

Build a Better World Presented by Humane Animal Rescue

We share planet Earth with thousands of different organisms. From microbes to raccoons, everything plays a role in keeping the world healthy. This program will show you how the animals in Pennsylvania are making the world a better place, as well as what we can do to make sure we protect it for future generations.

Showtime: Noon


Brain Power

Unravel the mystery of our ever-changing brain! Expose your brain to stimuli and trigger the impulses of neurons and receptors as we explore the main processor of our body.

Showtimes: 11 am


Reactions in Action

Check out our chemi-cool chemistry show full of elements to surprise. Learn about our atomic family with color-changing experiments and learn how green chemistry is helping chemists reduce, reuse, and recycle. See reactions in action! Program made possible with support from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Showtime: Noon

Workshops+

The following workshops will be held at 10 am, 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm each day. Workshops have a capacity of 20 students per timeslot.

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Lab 1

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) games are fun, exciting ways for students to experience this important new technology. VR and AR are changing the game for many industries, including architecture, building, research, design, engineering, and marketing. In this exciting lab, students experience virtual worlds using specialized VR googles and provided smartphones.


Fab Lab Fabrication Challenge

Students will use CAD software and the laser cutter in our BNY Mellon Fab Lab to design customized pieces that will better complete a customized tabletop dexterity game challenge. Students will work together in groups, iterating their pieces to complete the flick-based racecourse as quickly as possible. This activity will utilize both CNC and hands-on tools as students test and apply knowledge of friction, geometry, and strategy to complete the challenge.


Roots, Shoots, and Solutes: The Relationship Between Trees and Their Ecosystem

Explore the relationships within a forest through the physiology of trees. How can this organism influence its environment while also adapting to changes in the ecosystem? Be ready to get your hands dirty as we dig up discoveries and play with water flow in our classroom ecology experiments.


The Resistance: Fighting Disease with Nanotech
Presented by University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

Modern medicine faces a challenge. Common methods of fighting infectious diseases are losing their effectiveness as bacteria, viruses, and fungi evolve antimicrobial resistance. This resistance arises from repeated exposure to sublethal doses, which is a consequence of their widespread use and a highly interconnected society. This workshop will introduce the concept of transmission and how antimicrobials are used in our daily lives, as well as focus on current research that investigates the use of nanoscale materials to combat the resistance challenge.


Healthy Waterways: Fighting the Impacts of Pollution
Presented by University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

Using hands-on experiments and computer models, we will explore how pollution affects the water around us and how engineers and scientists come up with solutions to treat water, prevent pollution, and protect our health. Students should be prepared to get a little dirty as we find ways to keep the environment clean!


CSI in a Nutshell: The Art and Science of Crime Scene Investigation
Presented by Duquesne University

Based on the “Nutshell Studies,” dioramas created by Francis Glessner Lee in the first half of the 20th century, this forensic science workshop will combine art and science investigation with diorama study.

Students will become crime scene investigators as they explore miniature scenes, document locations and types of physical evidence, see details in 3D, and gather information to deduce the crime scenario. Students will also learn about careers in forensic science and law.


Bioprospecting for Biofuel Enzymes
Presented by University of Pittsburgh Department of Biological Sciences

Before petroleum was used in automobiles, the earliest vehicles were designed to run on ethanol. In today’s world, as fossil fuel shortages are becoming a concern, the use of ethanol for vehicular engines is once again being sought. Like petroleum, ethanol allows the engines to work and function properly, but more importantly, it can be renewed. In this workshop, students learn about the importance of biofuels, how they are developed, and use a colorimetric assay to search for a biological source for an enzyme required for biofuel production.