Discovering the Scientist Within 2017 will be held: Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 8:00AM - 12:45PM. NEW THIS YEAR: We will not be hosting a parent information session.

Pre-registration is required. Registration has closed for the 2017 DSW event. 

Participants will be able to register for one of the following six activity pairs.


1A. Fabulous Pharmacy                                                    
Prepare a fun pharmaceutical product and gain an introduction to career opportunities in pharmacy.

1B. What’s happening to the Corals: Coral Reefs and Climate Change 

Students will understand what climate change is and how it is impacting coral reef ecosystems around the world. They will investigate ocean relationships and take part in hands-on activities that identify stressors, like ocean warming and ocean acidification, and exmine how those stressors are affecting reef health.


2A. Spalting: Painting Wood with Fungi 

In nature, many species of fungi produce intricate patterns and colorful pigments in wood. Learn how these fungi work and harness them to create your very own piece of spalted wood! Gain an understanding of how fungal pigments and other metabolites could provide humanity with new sources of "green" chemicals.

2B. Colorful Materials World  

Explore the intersection of colorful chemistry, material science, art, and serendipity (“happy accident”). Join us in the lab to learn how scientists discovered new pigments that are nontoxic and how they can be used in all kinds of materials from paint to nail polish.


3A. Say Cheese!     

In this session, you’ll make your very own sample of queso fresco, a cheese very popular in Mexican food. Practice the steps that cheesemakers use and why understanding science is so important in the process! You will also get to taste different cheeses.

3B. Engineering Design Challenge with K-Nex

Engineers are jugglers!   Join us in the design studio and build a prototype vehicle with Knex based on customer specifications and preference for lowest production cost, highest aesthetic appeal, and highest performance quality.


4A. Almost Alchemy!  

Learn how to transform a regular copper penny into a gold-colored penny! You’ll also get to experiement with metal combinations to see what other colorful alloys you can make. Best of all, you get to keep your creations!

4B. Fun with Physics!  

Hands-on Physics! Implode soda cans, ride a hovercraft, make ice cream! Find out the “how and why” of all these fascinating, every-day phenomena.


5A. Hands-on DNA    

If you isolated all the DNA in your body, it would stretch from here to the moon! We will discover how to isolate DNA from strawberries. You get to take your strawberry DNA home with you!

5B. Engineering Fun!   

Come hang out with undergraduate women studying engineering and participate in a hands-on engineering design challenge!


6A. Sketch-Up!    

Join us in the computer graphics lab to explore Google Sketch-Up, software that you can use to create, modify, and share 3D models.

6B. Animals and their Environment 

Fisheries and Wildlife scientist study the natural world and the relationships between animals and their environments. Join us to see the various ways scientists answer questions about animals while working to conserve sensitive species in Oregon and around the world.


If you would like to be added to the event waitlist, please register here. You will be notified by noon on Friday, March 3, if a spot has become available.