Phone: 804.343.6525
Fax: 804.343.6529
Little Innovators

June 30, July 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2014 at 8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration for Summer 2014 is now closed

Choose from among six course offerings and explore the exciting worlds of math, science, and computer technology. All classes meet for 8 days at the MathScience Innovation Center. The Virginia Department of Education and the MathScience Innovation Center support this special program for students identified as gifted who are currently in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students from 13 school divisions are eligible to participate: The counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.

Courses: Grades 6 & 7

CSI: Student Academy

In order to solve crimes, it takes the efforts of many individuals. Experience diff erent roles and examine how the teamwork of crime scene investigators, detectives and forensic scientists can exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. Become a crime scene investigator and search a simulated crime scene to collect evidence using accurate search methods and authentic evidence collection procedures. Learn techniques used by forensic specialists in a lab setting. Obtain and examine latent prints, use serology, DNA and drug analysis to determine "who dunnit." Field trips and guest speakers will enhance this fascinating experience.


Prototyping Nature's Design

The fi elds of medicine and engineering are converging in a battle against the ravages of age, disease, and physical trauma. Join us as we explore concepts and techniques in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, and computer modeling. Become a biomedical engineer as you design, build, and test prosthetic devices using rapid prototyping technology. Come discover how new advances in tissue and body "replacement" may affect the quality of your life in the future.



Imagine yourself as a robotics expert, seeking to meet the challenges of today's world. Robotic technology is being used to deal with issues of climate change, micro-engineering, and much more. Be one of the first to discover PicoCrickets, tiny computers that you program to react, interact, and communicate with lights, motors, and sensors. Learn to program the LEGO NXT® robot brain to overcome challenging obstacles as you work with a dynamic robotics team. Experience the latest in robotic innovations as you enter the world of RoboQuest!


Course: Grades 7 & 8

A River Runs Through It

Flowing through Virginia from the mountains of the Blue Ridge to the salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, the James River tells a special story about the people, farms, towns, and cities that line its banks. To begin the story, you'll need to put on your wet boots and hop on a research vessel. Through a variety of lab-based experiments and outdoor field studies on and around the water, you will use probeware linked to GIS to conduct water quality and aquatic habitat research. Share and compare your data with Chesapeake Bay scientists and work with other students to develop a creative plan to rehabilitate the Bay and its rivers. Use the fractal dimension and other math modeling techniques to predict the environmental impact of natural and man-made disasters and see how innovative technologies like nano-iron and nano-paper are being used to maintain health and restore damaged river ecosystems. Be an eco-innovator!


From the Ground Up

How do architects, interior designers, and artists create buildings, rooms, and artistic products "from the ground up"? What skills are needed to turn inspiration into reality? Discover the language of architecture and the palette of design. Bring your knowledge of math, architecture, and art together and create a unique scale structure of your own. Watch your original creation rise up from blueprints, to elevations, to a 3-D model. Make your own stained glass and fl oor coverings as you develop ideas for an interior design board. Interact with professionals and learn their secrets for creating and implementing a successful project. Perhaps you will be the next Frank Lloyd Wright!


I Am Nano

Get the real scoop on nanobites and nanobots. Explore what's hot and what's really not nano in our world today. From the tiniest scale, learn how geckos climb and why mood rings really work. Find out how gold nanoparticles play a role in cancer medicine. Take a trip to a tissue engineering lab and watch how humans use biomimicry to recreate a silk worm's thread. Check out your skills as a nanotechnologist as you fi lter gold nanoparticles, build liquid crystal thermo sensors, and spin "nanofibers." Discover why nanoscience is the hot topic in today's science world.




For additional information please contact:

Debbie Mitchell: Phone 1-804-343-6525 Ext. 243





Directions to MSiC Campus

MathScience Innovation Center
2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223

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