Tech Savvy 2019 Program

Tech Savvy Registration is currently closed. Walk-ins will be taken on a limited, first-come-first-serve basis as spaces are available on the day of the event. See the map link below for directions.
Attendance at this year’s event is FREE

Morning’s Schedule Hands-on STEM Workshops for Girls Workshops for Adults

(9:30 – 10:20 a.m., repeated at 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.)

1. Build a Telescope: At Last I See the Light

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what was out there? It’s the job of astronomers to figure that out, and one of their main tools is the telescope. In this workshop, we will build a simple telescope, not unlike the one Galileo used to explore the cosmos 400 years ago. Since that time, there have been a lot of advancements in telescope design. We’ll talk about some of the world’s largest and coolest telescopes, and how we as professional astronomers use them to unlock the secrets of the universe. Presenters: Scientists at The Carnegie Observatories; Astronomy and Astrophysics

2. Chemistry at Home: Where the Home and Science Collide

Students will have fun exploring the chemistry that lives in our very homes. Explore 2 to 3 chemistry experiments and reactions. Presenters: Marisa Bowers, City of Hope; San Gabriel Valley Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative
Topic Area: Biological Sciences

3. Designing a Rover to Explore the Red Planet

Have you ever wondered why engineers design Mars rovers the way that they do to explore the Red Planet? Essentially, each Mars rover is a robot geologist equipped with the same systems and instruments that a human geologist would need to keep it operating safely in the field. Students in this workshop will learn about the fundamental systems that every Mars rover is equipped with in order to fulfill its mission goals. They will then use this information to design and build their own rover models. Presenter: Devin Waller, California Science Museum; Astrophysics and Geological Sciences
Topic Area: Engineering

4. Making Scientific Observations: Snail Shells and Ultraviolet Light

The land snails and slugs of Southern California are under-studied and poorly inventoried. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has sponsored a citizen science initiative called SLIME (Snails and Slugs Living In Metropolitan Environments) that uses the iNaturalist web platform to collect snail observations from the public throughout Southern California. Students in this workshop will use ultraviolet light to study the intricate structures in snail shells. Presenter: Jann Vendetti, Natural History Museum; Invertebrate Zoology
Topic Area: Paleontology

5. Clear Skies Ahead: Understanding Air Pollution & What You Can Do About It

Presenter: Victoria Robbins, JPL
Topic Area: Environmental Engineering

6. Programming a Mars Rover

Presenter: Andrea Connell, JPL
Topic Area: Computer Science

7. 3D Visualization for Mars Rover Operations

Presenter: Alana Lidawer, JPL
Topic Area: Augmented Reality Applications

8. Chemistry Magic Show

Presenter: Rana Akiel, PCC Faculty
Topic Area: Chemistry

9. Making Flexagons from Paper

Presenter: Ulyana Dyudina, PCC Faculty
Topic Area: Physics

10. Ocean Dynamics and Climate

Presenter: Jill Sohm
Topic Area: Oceanography

11. Building Hydraulic Systems

Presenter: Veronica Jaramillo, PCC Faculty with the PCC Chemistry club
Topic Area: Chemistry 

12. Chemistry Confectionary: Making Ice Cream and Candy Through Chemistry

Presenter: Jillian Blatti, PCC Faculty
Topic Area: Chemistry

13. The Human Diet. What’s Your Food Made Of?

The workshop will be focused on the four biological macromolecules: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. The lecture will be on what purpose these macromolecules serve in a human body, and how they can be obtained through what we eat. Presenter: PCC STEAMbassadors
Topic Area: BioChemistry

14. What is coding? Introducing How to Code the software Dev C++

Learn how to use the basic Dev C++ libraries,  working with 3 or 4 exercises where you will learn to use different syntaxes and commands. Be a winner in 2 coding challenges. Presenter: PCC STEAMbassadors
Topic Area: Computer Science

15. BeaDNA Lanyard

Learn all about the structure of DNA! For this activity, students use beads and wire to create a DNA molecule lanyard that shows the sugar/phosphate backbone as well as the paired nitrogen bases. Presenter: Pamela Eversole-Cire, Ph.D., PCC Faculty
Topic Area: BioTechnology

(9:30 – 11:20 a.m.)

Your Life Online: Safety, Cyberbullying, and More

It can be challenging to manage your child’s online profile, especially in a world of social media. Come learn key things to look out for and why this matters. Presenter: Jennifer Pringle, PUSD

College Culture — Preparing the Entire Family for College (English/Spanish) Financial Aid & College Admissions

This workshop will engage families with practices for creating a college-going home and explain the different college pathways. Supportive services are all around. We will discuss financial aid programs, community college enrollment, concurrent enrollment, general education courses and how to transfer to a 4-year college or university.  Last, we will cover why STEM majors are an amazing opportunity for young women, and how families can influence student success.
Presenter: Melva Alvarez, PCC MESA and Mas2 Programs; and PCC Pathways Staff