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Students in 5th-10th Grade Invited to Workshops at UNH on Saturday, Feb. 22

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2/12/2014 9:00 PM

Feb. 12, 2014

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WEST HAVEN, CONN. – Engineering and science workshops for students in 5th to 10th grade will take place at the University of New Haven on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate National Engineer Week.

The workshop is sponsored by the Tagliatela College of Engineering at UNH.  Students from both UNH and the Engineering and Science University Magnet School will run the activities, which are open to students from any area school. Cost is $20, including lunch.

“We believe that encouraging students to apply science with hands-on experiences will allow them to discover how much fun topics like chemistry, physics and engineering can be,” said Tiffany Hesser, a UNH lecturer in chemistry who will coordinate the workshop with Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.  “It is these personal experiences with the materials that will give students a deeper understanding of the theory often taught in the classroom.”

Sessions for older students will include:

  • The Dynamics of Mini-Golf: Students in the session will design and construct a pendulum to serve as a golf club.  They will then calculate the correct pendulum length for the pendulum to function efficiently.
  • The Logic behind Video Games: Students will learn basics of computer programming and logic through the creation of a video game, including how to read keyboard inputs, control a player, control timers, and create a playable environment.
  • Saturated Solutions are Sometimes Super: Students will make solids magically appear out of liquid solutions.

Younger students will be offered:

  • Two sessions on robotics, an introductory session and one for “fanatics.”
  • The Art of Debate: How to effectively pose an argument, often necessary to sell an idea.

Advance registration is required by Feb. 19 by emailing  For more information, contact Tiffany Hesser at

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and a graduate business campus in Orange, Conn. and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.