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Sciencepalooza 2014!

When: Thursday, July 30, 2014 (10:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

Where: William Pitt Student Union – main floor

What:  “Sciencepalooza 2014!,” a day-long camp designed to show hundreds of kids visiting the University of Pittsburgh campus the value and excitement of science, was born out of a collaboration between the Pitt Science Outreach Program, which is part of Pitt’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and local chapters of the YMCA and YWCA. During the event, each camper will get to visit stations that have hands-on activities that cover a wide range of topics. 

Fourth through eighth graders will choose from activities that include energy and the environment; how listening to loud music can damage your hearing; how to design a radio; and the techniques that forensic pathologists use to solve crime mysteries. There will also be stations run by educational partners around the city, including the Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Sunburst Guitar Studio where youth learn how musical instruments make music by changing the frequency of sound waves. See below for the full list of presenters.
Kindergarten through third grade-campers will be able to visit a

Pitt Students - GET INVOLVED!

This semester is up and running -- in addition to adjusting to a new class schedule, it's time to get involved in student activities, clubs and volunteer opportunities. The Pitt Science Outreach Program offers Pitt students a full spectrum of outreach opportunities designed to educate the public about the importance of science in the community. The goals of the Pitt Science Outreach Program are to promote a broader appreciation of science and inspire future scientists. The program seeks to teach about the impact of scientific discovery in people’s everyday lives, engage kids in scientific exploration and foster public comfort with the process of scientific research. Pitt student volunteers can help teach labs on the Pitt Mobile Science Lab, deliver lectures at local schools, help provide hands-on scientific activities at many different community events.  ‘Get Involved’ today!

Pitt vs. Syracuse

Be sure you don’t miss out on the last Pitt Science Outreach tailgate event of the season! We have teamed up with the Electric Power Systems Lab to host an awesome program on electricity. Take a spin on one of the bicycle generators and see how long it takes you to light the bulb. Ramp up the excitement and challenge someone to a race of ‘who can light the bulb the fastest’!  Hail to Pitt! 

Summer Science 2014

This summer the Pitt Science Outreach team has designed a 6 week summer science camp, “Technology and Your Health”. The program focuses on four different subject areas: technology and exercise, technology and nutrition, technology and hearing safety, and technology and neuroscience. Undergraduates from the university serve as ‘science mentors’ for the program. Pitt Science Outreach brings the program each week to 4th-6th graders attending camp at participating YMCA locations. This summer we have science camps running at Hazelwood YMCA, Urban Pathways YMCA, Collegiate YMCA, Thelma Lovette YMCA, Penn Hills YMCA, Homewood YWCA, Western Area YMCA, and Wilmerding YMCA. We meet with nearly 200 youth each week! Campers learn the basic steps of the scientific method and the importance of scientific research. Campers are split into groups, each led by one science mentor. Each science mentor specializes in one of the four main topics. Teams design, conduct, analyze, and present their very own science experiment! By the end of 6 weeks everyone agrees that SCIENCE ROCKS!

Make sure to check out the Summer Science Tab at the top!


Pitt Teen Shale Network

What's in Your Backyard?

Students from Butler Area High School, under the direction of Michael Doran, an environmental science teacher, Drs. Abad and Vidic from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Paul from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute, participated in a multi-day field trip to examine the water quality impact due to Marcellus Shale activities along the Little Connoquenessing Creek. The students took creek measurements and water samples from points above and below a current well site along the creek to use as indicators of stream health.

Connoquenessing Creek is a tributary of the Beaver River that is located in Western Pennsylvania, and is approximately 50 miles long, providing local residents with drinking water, businesses with water for their operations, outdoor recreation enthusiasts with a place to paddle or fish, and wildlife with an essential element of their habitat needs. 

Land uses and human influences can impact the quality of watershed. Surface water, groundwater, floodplains, riparian zones, storm water, dams, and wetlands are important components to water quality.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks- June 14th, 2014

The Pitt Science Outreach Team is joining Autism Speaks for their annual walk on June 14th, 2014. We will bring the Mobile Lab and invite attendees on board to "Learn How a Scientist Does It". This program introduces a variety of scientific tools and methods that scientists use in their work. Learn three different methods for solution transfer or two different methods to mix solutions! Try on gear that scientists wear in the laboratory or practice using robotic arms! Walk registration and the resource fair begins at 8:00am at Heinz Field. The walk start is set for 10:00am.  We hope to see you there!  

Connellsville Lions Club -Kids Festival

The Connellsville Lions Club is hosting their 8th annual Kids Fest on June 9th, 2014. This will be the Pitt Science Outreach Team's 3rd year in attendance. The Mobile Lab will be there to excite the kids about science! Join us for an evening of fun engaging activites. The event takes place in the parking lot of the Murphy Hall Banquet Center from 5:00pm-9:00pm. 

Mitochondrial Medicine 2014

The Pitt Science Outreach Team is attending the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation's Mitochondrial Medicine Symposium on June 7th, 2014 @ the Sheraton Station Square Hotel, 300 West Station Square Drive. We will host a program for teens that focuses on healthy nutrition. Our program will start at 2:30 pm.


The Junior League of Pittsburgh holds its 7th annual touch-a-truck event on May 17th, 2014 from 10am-2pm in the Strip District at 15th & Smallman Streets. This event allows kids to get behind the scenes of the big trucks they enjoy. Kids can touch the wheel, hook the horn, and meet the drivers. The Pitt Science Outreach Team will attend the event along with the mobile lab and  provide kids the opportunity to play with  fun, interactive nutrition games and displays.