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Workshops from Past BATS Events

The workshops listed below are representative of workshops and activities at previous BATS events, while actual workshops at each event may vary. The participants will see three workshops during their BATS event, and we are always adding new workshops! If you are interested in running a workshop, or have questions for guidance on developing a workshop for BATS or GiST, please email us!

Host Department/Organization Title Description
Ochsner Education Outreach Cancer Cell Death This session will focus on how mutations cause cancer because mutations can change how proteins in the cells work. Students will look at the effectiveness of different drugs to fight/kill cancer cells using pH indicators to measure dead cells. Which of the three is the best candidate for further development?
Physics and Engineering Physics Cards to the Sky! Cards to the Sky actively engages students in an open-ended design challenge and introduces key concepts associated with costumer-focused engineering design and entrepreneurially minded learning.
Earth and Environmental Science Earthquakes and Structures What are earthquakes? Where and how often do they occur? In this activity, students learn about basic earthquake concepts, including different kinds of seismic waves via physical demonstration (slinky) and video animations. We explore how buildings respond to ground shaking brought about by these seismic waves in a hands-on activity on resonance frequency using manila folder cut-ups and paper clips. The session then culminates with a group activity (4-5 students each) where students use pasta and marshmallows to build a structure that could withstand ground shaking, to highlight devices such as diagonal braces that make our buildings safer. 
Neuroscience Exploring Your Brain Become brain scientists and discover how our brains allow us to feel, think, and remember. You’ll touch & explore real brains and conduct experiments to learn how our nervous system works.
Physics Fluids, Bubbles, and Slime This workshop is about the science of fluids. It is also about getting your hands wet and slimy, so roll up your sleeves! Have you ever heard that oil and water don’t mix, that they don’t like each other? In this workshop, you will see how you can make them friendly and make them mix. You will learn how to make a chunk of iron float in water and you will make a soap powered boat. Using our secret recipe, you will prepare a bowl of liquid slime that becomes rock hard when you punch it!
Kinesiology Fun with Physiology: Autonomic Nervous System and the Heart Students will learn concepts that will help them understand the "why" behind common measurements they may be familiar with when visiting the doctor, such as how measures of the heart rate and blood pressure can help health professionals and researchers understand heart health. We will explore the concepts of wakefulness and rst on autonomic nervous system function and measure the effect of short periods of high-intensity exercise.
Mathematics Grab the last bean! Do you like strategizing and figuring out how to win at games? Learn some simple games where the goal is to grab the last available bean. But watch out-your opponent will be doing the same thing. Can you use logic and math to grab the last bean?
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  Growing Algae Students will learn how to grow algae, the importance of algae and the dangers of harmful algae which are caused by nutrient runoff.
Computer Science Hour of Code The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org that has reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Join them for a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
Mathematics It's Probably Fun! Students will be introduced to basic concepts of probability and theory by means of Bernoulli trial experiments and other random experiments in an interactive/experimental way. The main goals of the workshop are to expose students to: frequentist probability, law of large numbers, and the Central limit theorem.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The Journey South: Can Monarch Butterflies Fight Infection to Survive Migration? Each year as winter approaches in North America millions of animals migrate to warmer locations. One species of insect - the monarch butterfly - migrates further than any other insect in the US. However, if monarchs are sick they often are unable to survive the long journey. Help us collect butterflies from the field, test them for disease and determine if they are strong enough to survive migration.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Learning to Lizard In this workshop, students will be learning about the characteristics, adaptations, and behaviors of local lizards (green and brown anoles).
Mathematics Math and Games Like to play games? This workshop will introduce you to a few new games and you'll explore how to find the best strategies to win! Can you use math to find a strategy that works every time?
Earth and Environmental Science The Missing Tooth We will explore a sample of 10 million year old shark teeth from Gainesville, Florida. We will take a virtual field trip to the site of collection before playing with and sorting through a real life sample! Come find some fossils with us...
Anthropology New Life in Buried Bones Learn how human bones are like a “boney diary” that record all sorts of information about a person: your health, the food you eat, and even injuries! Discover how studying human bones and mummies can help us explore the archaeological mysteries of the past. Learn how examining skeletal remains can be useful in solving modern-day crimes. Let’s bring human bones to life!
Earth and Environmental Science Our Diverse Planet Ever wondered what your house looked like from space? In this workshop, we’ll learn about Google Earth and how geologists use satellite images to learn about our world. We’ll explore places near and far and learn about how different landscapes are formed across the globe!
Physics and Engineering Physics Periscopes and Telescopes Periscopes and Telescopes are optical tools that bring power to our eyes. But how do they work? In this workshop we will build and test periscopes and telescopes and explore the principles behind them.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Polymer Bouncy Balls In this workshop we will perform a chemical reaction using three household products to turn liquid glue into a bouncy ball. This experiment teaches the versatility of polymers and how polymers are important in science and everyday life.
Chemical Engineering Polymer Hydrogels

Why are diapers super absorbent? In between the layers of plastic and cotton fibers is a hydrogel, or “water-gel.” Come perform experiments with us to explore the properties of hydrogels. How much water can they hold? Which brand of diapers is really the best?

Physics Power from the Sun

In one hour, more energy from sunlight reaches the Earth than the amount of energy humans use in a full year! Photovoltaic cells can capture sunlight, converting it directly to electricity. In this workshop, we will work with photovoltaic solar cells to explore how sunlight is collected and used to power electronics.

Physics and Engineering Physics Rochester Cloaking Device X-Ray Vision: Using the power of lenses to bend light rays, we will explore how microscopes and telescopes work. Then we will build a device that can see through a solid object!
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The Secret World of Fungi Fungi are everywhere! Join us in looking at fungi in crazy places and grow your own pet fungi. Help us make new discoveries about the fungi on Tulane’s campus.
Chemistry Seven Layer Density Experiment What if you could stack seven different liquids in seven different layers? Think of it as a science burrito!
Chemistry The States of Matter Explore the different states of matter with experiments using liquid nitrogen and dry ice!
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Tulane Conservation Biologists Your job is to develop a habitat conservation plan for a newly discovered lizard found only on the Tulane campus. Learn how biologists use GPS and collect data on animal habitat use! 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology What is a bird? Students will learn what a bird is (feathers, bones, anatomy) and do a mist-net exercise with Audubon bird plushies (that make bird call sounds) where they get to toss the plushies into a mist net, extract them, and learn how to use a field guide to ID the birds.


Due to the number of students that enroll in our program, we cannot take requests to participate in any particular workshops. We do our best to assign returning students to new activities based on the responses you provide at registration. Thank you for understanding!