On Saturday, March 4 our outreach group led a hands on workshop with high school students between the ages 13 and 17. Our purpose was to engage students in science by introducing them to topics not typically discussed in a high school science curriculum. We decided to do experiments related to Neuroscience and Renewable Energy.
In our Neuroscience activity, we had the students learn about visuo-motor plasticity using eye prism glasses. They learned how the brain can adapt to visual alterations, if given an adaptation period. In our Renewable Energy activity, we introduced students to photovoltaic cells. We wanted them to learn how light intensity can affect how much electricity a solar cell can produce.
Both our activities were hands on and fun for students, but at the same time taught them important concepts they might not get in a regular classroom setting.
Thanks to all of the volunteers for helping out!
We hope to see you all in our upcoming outreach events... Details Coming Soon!