Workshops from PAST GiST Events

The workshops listed below are representative of workshops and activities at previous GiST events, while actual workshops at each event may vary. The participants will see three workshops during their GiST 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 GiST or BATS, please email us!


Host Organization / Department   Workshop Title  Workshop Description 

Computer Science 

Exploring Visual World via Artificial Intelligence:

This workshop will show young students popular AI applications in visual world to attract them, such as "Google Lens", "Amazon Go", "Building Rome in a Day", "Interactive Games" and "Humanoid Robots". Those topics will be discussed in AI demos and storytelling.


Exploring the nervous system

Kids will get the opportunity to look at and touch a real human brain. Specimens are courtesy of the Brain Institute. Fun facts about the brain will also be shared, catered to the age group.

Biomedical Engineering 

Lava Lamps

Making lava lamps with Alka-Seltzers, highlighting how water and oil do not mix.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Monkey flower Mayhem

 We will be looking at leaves and flowers in monkey flowers and other plants and studying their function and floral traits.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

Glass Recycling to restore the Coast

 Join faculty from the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department for an engineering design challenge and learn how recycled glass sand is being used to combat land loss on the Louisiana coast.

Oral Health 

Rethink Your Drink! /An Apple A D(ec)ay

 2 mini workshops: one for learning about how cavities are formed/prevented ("An Apple A D(ec)ay"), while the other is learning about the effects of sugary and acidic drinks on your teeth ("Rethink What you Drink!")

Physics and Engineering Physics 

Homopolar Motor

Students will build their own Homopolar motors and learn about how they work.

Physics and Engineering Physics 

The Story of Materials "From Atoms to the Batteries in your Toys or Devices"

Kids will learn about the different types of materials and their properties.


Chemistry Mystery

 Fun and simple chemical experiments with explanations.

Physics and Engineering Physics 

Optical Cloaking Device

Students will learn how lenses work, and build a cloaking device to let you see through



Collaborative Partners Program: Engaging students in Authentic Learning Opportunities: The NASA ACCP program is focused on inspiring youth to explore the realms of Space and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, through authentic NASA STEM experiences. NASA education specialists invite students to engage in an interactive, hands-on session incorporating NASA science selected activities from the Earth Science missions.


Grab the last Bean

This workshop teaches logic with a two-player game. The goal of the game is to take the last bean from a pile of beans. The number of beans and the rules for taking beans are determined by the players ahead of time but can change from game to game.

Physics and Engineering Physics 

Visualizing Materials

Setting up simple calculations and visualizations of materials at microscopic level.

Cell and Molecular Biology 

How Plants Breathe and are Born

In this workshop we will explore plant life. We'll use microscopes to explore plant leaves, to learn about how they breathe and to explore seeds and seedlings. We'll learn about different cells and tissue types in plants and their importance in plant development and life.

Computer Science 

The Algorithm Experience

We introduce the Algorithm Experience as a way for human beings to feel how a computer works, and to get a feeling for the notion of computational efficiency by experiencing it first-hand. Essentially, the idea is simple: execute multiple algorithms that achieve the same result, by hand, on the same small input. By doing so, you will notice that one can get the same result in different ways, and that some ways take longer than others.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 

Birds of a Feather

 Explore adaptation and natural selection of birds with study specimens and employ ornithological techniques to study and identify birds in the field

Earth and Environmental Science 

Missing Tooth

Discover fossils of shark teeth, whale bones, and marine invertebrates in 5-million-year-old sediments from Florida.




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 place returning students in new workshops based on the information you provide at registration. Thank you for understanding!