When: All workshops will take place in parallel on Saturday (October 25, 2014) afternoon.
Where: Harbor Walk West building at 360 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401.
There are four labs reserved for workshops and the space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop abstracts

  1. Waves
    Organizer(s): Kael Martin (Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, SC)
    Location: Harbor Walk West building, room 104.
    Abstract: Waves abound in our lives and most of us are familiar with wave phenomena. We all have observed waves on the surface of water, heard sound waves and seen light (electromagnetic waves) to name few. We will investigate some of the common characteristic of waves; standing waves, reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction. We will present a series of hands-on activities related to waves that can be performed at high school level or even at middle school and elementary school level by reducing or eliminating some of the math and concentrating more on the concepts.

  2. Albedo's Impact on Global Climate Change
    Organizer(s): Cynthia Hall (Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC)
    Location: Harbor Walk West building, room 110.
    Abstract: Scientists agree that climate is changing and that humans are exacerbating that change. This is not a problem for geologists, chemists, physicists alone ... it requires an interdisciplinary understanding and approach. In this workshop, we are going to explore through an interdisciplinary approach, one contributor to a changing climate - Albedo. Earth's albedo has been steadily declining. Why? In this workshop, we will explore what exactly albedo is by gathering data on the reflectivity of light and absorption of radiant energy. Then we will investigate the characteristics of a variety of surfaces and their effect on the way that surface absorbs and releases heat from the sun. Finally, we will explore what activities on Earth are causing changes in albedo and the role that they play in a changing climate.

  3. Openstax
    Organizer(s): Don Franklin
    Location: Harbor Walk West building, room 112.
    Abstract: Openstaxcollege is based from Rice University. They have adapted textbooks with financial grants to help students cut the cost of textbooks. They can buy a printed copy for a greatly reduced price, or use the online textbooks. The advantage to teachers is designing a syllabus that is not lockstep with the textbook.