SAAHI 2013 – Course Descriptions
Scholar Program July 7-26, 2013
The program will utilize four areas of the Ohio Revised Science Standards and Model Curriculum: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry and Physics. The program will utilize advances in forensic science as the stage and focal point for the integration of the sciences biology, chemistry, biochemistry plus math and physics to explain the testing used in forensic science and its investigations. This scholar course will address specific areas of the Standards and will use guiding principles such as Definition of Science, Scientific Inquiry, 21st Century Skills, Technological Design, and Depth of Content, all while implementing Assessment Tools developed especially to be congruent with the Standards. Faculty expertise includes subject areas such as cell, molecular, genetics, general chemistry, biochemistry, organic and analytical chemistry and through understanding of contextual forensic analysis. These subjects will utilize specific scientific content to bolster the goal of the integration of an extended curriculum using the scientific inquiry/learning cycle to develop skillsets for the application of specific science content of multiple disciplines for problem solving and deeper, lifelong learning. The idea of knowledge transfer in context is one found in a July 2012 report from the National Research Council, “Assessing 21st Century Skills: Summary of a Workshop.”
Astronomy and Physics June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Students will gain fundamental knowledge of the principles of physics and solve problems using critical-thinking and inquiry skills. Time in the classroom focuses on physical principles, such as velocity, acceleration, force, energy, and momentum. One day will be spent at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, collecting data and performing calculations. Students will also be able to use the new roll-off roof observatory to view the planets, the moon, the stars, and beyond.
Biochemistry, Biotechnology (new) Molecules to Medicine: Structure and Function June 16-21, 2013 **FULL**
Have you ever wondered why a particular disease is associated with a particular set of symptoms? Join the biochemists and the molecular and cell biologists of Ohio Northern University for a weeklong experience to explore the basic and advanced concepts required to address this question. Students will delve into lab work, grow cells and allow cloned proteins to be made by bacteria and mice. You will study the structure and function of proteins and their role in molecular biology, medicine and disease. This information and related concepts will be used to understand why a particular disease is associated with a particular set of symptoms. During this weeklong course, you will see how a DNA mutation in fruit flies results in loss of ability to fly and how a similar mutation is involved in producing the symptoms of muscular dystrophy in mice and in humans. You will examine how changes at the DNA level can result in altered protein structure and properties as you examine the attributes of a protein that glows green. As you explore, you will have opportunities to perform fundamental molecular biology and biochemical techniques. The application of molecular biology techniques to the controversial topics of genetically modified organisms and gene therapy will be presented followed by discussion regarding associated merits and ethical concerns.
Chemistry – Chemistry in the Marketplace June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Dry hands? Grab the hand lotion. Headache? Reach for the aspirin. Low energy? Take a vitamin. What do these have in common? Chemistry. Chemistry and its applications are all around us, at home and in the marketplace. In this weeklong course, students are introduced to a range of disciplines in the field of chemistry through lecture and extensive hands-on laboratory experiences. Topics are chosen that illustrate the depth and extent to which chemistry affects their lives. Activities include synthesis, characterization with instrumental analysis of aspirin, acetaminophen and wintergreen, introduction to spectroscopy, and chromatography.
Cryptography (new) June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Cryptography is a key element of the computing environment in the contemporary world, with numerous applications (finance and banking, network security, electronic voting, encrypting music and video files, to name just a few). In this workshop, students will learn basic techniques of secure communication and will acquire a working knowledge of famous cryptographic protocols such as RSA, ElGamal and Goldwasser–Micali cryptosystems, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and others. The necessary background from number theory (indispensable to a solid knowledge of cryptography) will be presented thoroughly by experts in the field with extensive teaching, research and publishing experience. The participants will be provided with ample hands-on opportunities for putting their newly acquired knowledge to work with the help of sophisticated computer algebra systems such as MAPLE or MATLAB. Funny as well as challenging moments throughout the workshop will involve deciphering cryptograms, sharing secret keys and cryptography role-playing.
Design: Think. Know. Do. June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
This year’s summer camp will investigate how graphic designers can use their skills and knowledge to draw attention to the environment. Students will make powerful visual statements using the tree as a symbol and metaphor. Called the “Urban Forest,” students will use banners and other visual communication media to engage and educate the local community. The design camp also will inform students about careers in design and raise awareness of the impact of design through a series of weeklong projects. The assignments will challenge students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills while pushing them to try a range of techniques. The exploration of the design process also will teach students to question, make choices, generate possible solutions, work collaboratively and, ultimately, broaden their understanding of the world around them.
Engineering Pathways June 16-21, 2013 **FULL**
Students explore various engineering fields, such as civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, through hands-on activities and experiments utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and software on campus. They learn about engineering applications through field trips and meetings with practicing engineers.
Exercise Physiology and Sports Science (new) June 16-21, 2013 or June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Students will perform hands-on, interactive laboratory experiences of common health, fitness and exercise tests used to determine physical fitness and athletic performance. Students will measure their own aerobic capacity, strength, power, flexibility, movement patterns and body composition using exercise physiology laboratory equipment and field tests. Students will compare their values to accepted norms for trained and untrained individuals. Understandings of the role of specific measurements to health and fitness will be emphasized in each lab. Student data will be used to reinforce why measured physiological data explain the differences in performance between individuals. Measurements also will be used to design appropriate exercise programs for each student at the completion of the labs.
Forensic Science (Basic) June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
In this basic Crime Scene Investigation course, lectures on forensic theory and practice with hands-on activities will expose students to many aspects of forensic investigation, including a day spent at the ONU Crime Scene House recognizing, collecting and packaging evidence. The week also will emphasize the importance of on-site and field presumptive testing and analysis with final laboratory reports and presentations as the final assessment tool and work product. The presentations will be assessed, and feedback will be provided prior to the final presentation.
Forensic Science (Advanced) June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Exposure to the major probative areas of forensic science will be emphasized, including fingerprint analysis with latent prints collection and examination, DNA analysis, firearms identification, toxicology, and illicit drug chemistry. There will be less emphasis on the crime scene investigation aspect and greater emphasis on laboratory science, although the ONU Crime Scene House will be used for the collection of evidence to be analyzed. Laboratory reports will be written and assessed, and feedback will be provided to the students for the oral and poster presentations.
Medicinal Herbs June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to multiple aspects of medicinal herbalism. Medicinal herbs are defined as any plant that can be used for healing purposes. The majority of the time, students will be either outdoors in the medicinal herb gardens or in the lab making or testing herbal products. Students will concentrate on learning to identify locally growing medicinal plants and how to use them, harvesting herbs and extracting their active components, making herbal products, and participating in inquiry-based experiments.
Mock Trial June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Students in the mock trial course hone their oral and written product communication talents and develop their critical and analytical skills as they are guided step by step through the process of preparing for the course presentation in a mock trial.
Multimedia Covering the Story: Online and On The Air (new) June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
This course gives students a week of hands-on learning about multimedia news gathering beginning with finding stories, interviewing newsmakers, recording interviews for radio, TV and online, shooting and editing video, and producing stories for display over radio, TV and online. Participants will learn about Adobe Audition and Final Cut Pro as they put together content for a Wordpress website dedicated to the weeklong experience.
Pharmacy (only seniors accepted) June 23-28, 2013 **FULL**
Students in the pharmacy course gain insight into the various science disciplines involved in the research and development of pharmaceutical products. Through hands-on lab and research experiences, students learn the steps required to manufacture a product and how to counsel patients on the use of medications. Students will visit four different pharmacy practice settings and prepare a final presentation for faculty and parents.
Technology: Hands-On Technology June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Innovations and technology abound in your journey from design to competition at the Hands-On Technology(HOT)camp. You will be exposed to a world of inquiry through problem-solving exercises to obtain a deeper learning of technology in action. Hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be experienced in your pursuit by designing, developing, creating and testing a radio-controlled hovercraft. Use state-of-the-art software programs to design your prototype while operating and using cutting edge technologies and equipment. Examples include advanced 3-D designing, 3-D printing/rapid prototyping, creating printed circuit boards, thermal forming of plastics, material fabrication, metal casting, robotics and others to develop and test your abilities to create a competition winner. Each participant will take their creation with them when completed.
Theatre (new): World of Theatre as Seen Through the Eyes of a Puppet June 16-21, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
Students will learn the basic skills of theatre production through the working and manufacturing of puppets. Historic and international puppet traditions will be studied to enable the student to gain an understanding of puppet and theatre practices. Using one core text, the students will divide their time between puppet design, scenography and basic acting, culminating in a short presentation of their work on day five in on the campus of Ohio Northern University to an invited audience. Students will receive a DVD of the performance as well as the puppets they make. This course offers the opportunity for students to learn a great deal about a number of different facets of theatre rather than just one element.
Young Women’s Leadership Experience June 23-28, 2013 **STILL TIME TO APPLY!!!**
High school juniors and seniors take journeys of self-discovery with a series of fun and interactive experiences and activities.
- Assess and develop leadership style and self-confidence
- Interact with female leaders from different professions, from all over the country
- Participate in skill-building activities, workshops, challenge courses, films, field trips and more