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Washburn University Hosts Two Kansas STARBASE Summer Academies, June 4 – June 14

06/06/18 01:06 pm CDT
"The Washburn University mathematics and statistics department, along with the Washburn education department, are partnering with Kansas STARBASE to host these academies because we believe in their vision and goal to improve student comprehension of STEM subjects"

     Topeka, Kan. – Students from across the Topeka and surrounding communities are on the Washburn University campus this week and next (June 4 – June 14, Monday thru Thursday) participating in two Kansas STARBASE summer academies. Launching rockets, programming robots, and designing on CAD are just a few of the activities students will experience. The summer academies are open to students who have completed the fifth or sixth grade.

     “The Washburn University mathematics and statistics department, along with the Washburn education department, are partnering with Kansas STARBASE to host these academies because we believe in their vision and goal to improve student comprehension of STEM subjects,” said Dr. Kevin Charlwood, chair of the Washburn University mathematics and statics department. “We look to aid efforts that spark a personal interest in mathematics and science in children throughout our community.”

     Students will be building skills in observation, investigation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as gaining confidence while working in a team setting.

June 7 – June 14 Schedule

Thursday, June 7 (finishing the first academy)- All activities are in Morgan Hall, room 151

9:00 a.m. – Mock crime scene activity

11:15 a.m. – Lunch

12:00 p.m. – Present mock crime scene evidence

1:00 p.m. – Get CAD-CSI badges

2:00 p.m. – Departure

Monday, June 11 (academy #2) – All activities are in Morgan Hall, room 151

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions

9:30 a.m. – Karen Wittman, Wyandotte county deputy district attorney, will speak about CSI efforts

10:30 a.m. – Introduction to chromatography

11:00 a.m. – Lunch

11:30 a.m. – Lie detector activity

12:00 p.m. – Chromatography lab, investigate a crime

1:15 p.m. – Robotics programming

2:00 p.m. – Departure

Tuesday, June 12 (academy #2)

9:00 a.m. – Bomb disposal robot demonstration from the Topeka Police Department, Morgan Hall

10:00 a.m. – CSI training stations, Morgan Hall, room 151

11:15 a.m. – Lunch

12:00 p.m. – Biology lab lie detector activity, Stoffer Science Hall

2:00 p.m. – Departure

Wednesday, June 13 (academy #2)

9:20 a.m. – Chemistry lab, Stoffer Science Hall

11:10 a.m. – Lunch

12:00 p.m. – Tour KBI forensics science center, KBI building

1:00 p.m. – Robotics programming, Morgan Hall, room 151

2:00 p.m. – Departure

Thursday, June 14 (academy #2) – All activities are in Morgan Hall, room 151

9:00 a.m. – Mock crime scene activity

11:30 a.m. – Lunch

12:00 p.m. – Present mock crime scene evidence

1:00 p.m. – Receive CAD-CSI badges

2:00 p.m. – Departure

     Since its inception in 1992, Kansas STARBASE has worked with more than 74,000 students to increase their knowledge and create an interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math. Along with the academic focus, the STARBASE program is instilling a sense of pride and personal accomplishment in those students who have attended an academy. STARBASE works to increase the number of students going into science, technology, engineering and math areas once they have completed their secondary education by those traits. In other words, STARBASE is increasing the pool of highly motivated, technically minded employees and citizens. There is no fee for the academies; they depend on donations to fund their summer programs. 

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Contact:

Washburn University
Joy Bailes, (785) 670-2153
Assistant Director of University Relations
joy.bailes@washburn.edu
(785) 230-1648 (cell)

OR
Brent Mumford
Kansas STARBASE Director, Topeka
Telephone: 785-861-4196
Email: brent@kansasstarbase.org

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