Family STEM Night 2019

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 the Bushy Park PTA hosted a Family Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Night. We had unique kid-friendly presentations from experts in STEM disciplines and a special demonstration by Glenelg High School's Robotiators.


BLOOD: We learned about what makes blood so special that we can't live without it! We discussed the basic parts of blood, its major functions, and how it moves around our bodies. 
Presented by: Judith DeBose, MD

COOKING IS SCIENCE: We learned how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker: how to measure, mix and create ice cream using rock salt to turn cream into a frozen treat in just a few minutes.
Presented by: Abby Peterson, MAc, LAc

​CRYPTOWHEEL 101: This talk introduced students to the basics of substitution cryptography. Using a cipher wheel, students matched separate alphabets to determine the ‘slide’ of the alphabet. Students were then challenged to solve a simple substitution cipher to put their new skills to the test.

Presented by: Candice Gerstner

​DRONES 101 (Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration and Innovation 101): We learned about different types of UAS (commonly referred to as Drones), innovative uses of UAS, along with the importance of flying UAS safely, responsibly and lawfully. We discussed U.S. Federal Aviation Administration rules, programs, research and partnerships for integrating UAS in the national airspace while keeping the public safe and secure. We discussed how STEM education (Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, etc.) is key to the evolution of UAS/Drone technology for public and commercial benefit. Students were asked to share ideas on new ways they could use UAS/Drone technology to benefit society.

Presented by Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS Research Division


MAKER SPACE: Students visited Ms. Carey's "Maker Space" where they created, explored, built, and programed with a variety of materials.

Presented by: Christine Carey


MINDFULNESS: We introduced the science of mindfulness and connection to health and brain science (neurology). How does our physical activity/posture/facial expressions effect our brain and moods?

Presented by: Lesley S. Hanes, MD MSc


PAINT WITH MATH: Students created an art masterpiece with them as the star.  They learned how art and math can come together to create a fun experience for all ages.  They stepped inside the artwork using the Artificial Intelligence (AI) mirror.

Presented by: Josh Sullivan, Ph.D.

PARKER SOLAR PROBE: We learned about the coolest (and hottest) mission under the sun! During Parker Solar Probe's journey, it will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launched in 2018, Parker Solar Probe is already providing new data on solar activity and making critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth. At its closest approach, Parker Solar Probe will be hurtling around the sun at approximately 430,000 miles per hour, making it the fastest man-made object ever, almost three times as fast as the current record holder. That's fast enough to get from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in one second!

Presented by: Prisca DeRosa

RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY: Renewable Energy is any energy source that is naturally replenished, like that derived from solar, wind, geothermal or hydroelectric action. Energy produced from the refining of biomass is also often classified as renewable. Coal, oil or natural gas, on the other hand, are finite sources.  Learn about the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources and technology and the different common types of Renewable Energy Technology.

Presented by: Jammie Whitfield, CCM

ROBOTIATORS 888: Students saw a demonstration of Glenelg High School robotics team's latest inventions. They talked to high school students and learned how they can get involved.

Presented by: Ray Gerstner and Glenelg High School’s Robotiators


THE PROMISE OF GENE THERAPY: Our genes hold the instructions for how to build all of the parts of our bodies.  Sometimes there is a mistake in that code and can cause part of body to be made differently which can cause problems.  Scientists are building medicines that can correct the mistakes in order to help the body make everything they way it should be.  Students learned about the types of diseases that can be corrected with gene therapy, and the tools that are being used to make these new medicines.

Presented by: Jessica Carmen, Ph.D.

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