GiST Workshops

From previous GiSTs. Due to the number of students that enroll in our program, we cannot take requests to participate in any particular workshops. Thank you for understanding!

A Little Birdie Told Me Come be a scientist-in-training: build your own local bird field guide, make your own sound recordings, and learn what it's like to be a bird in the city.
Beat The Heat! Join us as we explore how cold-blooded animals (ectotherms) manage to keep cool in a changing climate!  We will experiment with gummy frogs to explore how ectotherms' physical traits and behaviors allow them to regulate body temperature in an ever-changing environment and learn about the many life-sustaining processes that depend upon their ability to do so.
Build a Robot Hand Imagine how cool it would be to build a robot hand that could grasp a ball or pick up a toy. In this Biomedical Engineering project, you will learn how to use drinking straws, string, and tape to make a remarkably useful and fun hand. What will you design your hand to do? It is up to you!
Building Bridges Have you ever wondered how bridges are able to support the weight of all the cars that drive over them? Join us to build your own bridges and learn about engineering!
Chemistry Colors We will be preparing a color coded density column consisting of different liquids you’re familiar with around the house. We'll make predictions about which liquid will be on top and then we'll suspend small objects into the column to demonstrate their relative densities. We will also be making a sugar rainbow!
Cracking the Genetic Code You’ve probably heard of or learned about DNA, but have you ever seen it? In this lab you’ll be the geneticist and learn how to extract DNA from any living thing. We’ll isolate, observe, and learn about DNA and how it makes you!
Creative Computation What is computer science all about? We will share our experiences and explain what it's like to major in technology sciences. You’ll get to experiment with coding by playing the game "Code with Anna and Elsa" and moving the ice skating princesses by programming their positions.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Climate Ever wonder how animals (and people!) handle the New Orleans Summer? Come discover how they do it, and learn to use tools scientists use to help you be a biologist!
Electric Girls! Snap circuits and squishy circuits are totally hands on – come join us in learning by discovery!
Enzyme Kinetics Join us for a fun enzyme kinetics experiment, where you will use empty soda bottles and hydrogen peroxide as well as yeast we buy from the grocery store to see the amazing effects of enzymes! Warning: things may get foamy and colorful.
Exploring Your Brain Become brain scientists and discover how our brains allow us to feel, think, and remember. You’ll touch & explore real brains and conduct experiments to learn how our nervous system works.
Fluids, Bubbles, and Slime This workshop is about the science of fluids. It is also about getting your hands wet and slimy, so roll up your sleeves! Have you ever heard that oil and water don’t mix, that they don’t like each other? In this workshop, you will see how you can make them friendly and make them mix. You will learn how to make a chunk of iron float in water and you will make a soap powered boat. Using our secret recipe, you will prepare a bowl of liquid slime that becomes rock hard when you punch it!
Fossils and Human Evolution Ever wonder what makes humans human? What your ancestors looked like millions of years ago? Join us and learn about human evolution through the fascinating world of fossils!
Get Your Game On, with Math! Do you like to play games? This workshop will introduce you to a few new games and you'll explore how to find the best strategies to win! Can you use math to find a strategy that works every time?
Hour of Code The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and that has reached tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Join them for a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.
Material Girls! The Chemistry of Nylon What do parachutes, leggings, and your toothbrush have in common? They're all made up of nylon! Stop by and learn how easy and fun it is to make this incredible material!
The Missing Tooth We will explore a sample of 10 million year old shark teeth from Gainesville, Florida. We will take a virtual field trip to the site of collection before playing with and sorting through a real life sample! Come find some fossils with us...
Monkeys, Apes, and You Fascinated by the monkeys and apes that you see at the Audubon Zoo? Ever wonder why they behave so much like your brother or sister? Come spend some time with us and channel your inner ape!
New Life in Buried Bones Learn how human bones are like a “boney diary” that record all sorts of information about a person: your health, the food you eat, and even injuries! Discover how studying human bones and mummies can help us explore the archaeological mysteries of the past. Learn how examining skeletal remains can be useful in solving modern-day crimes. Let’s bring human bones to life!
Our Diverse Planet Ever wondered what your house looked like from space? In this workshop, we’ll learn about Google Earth and how geologists use satellite images to learn about our world. We’ll explore places near and far and learn about how different landscapes are formed across the globe!
Polymer Hydrogels Why are diapers super absorbent? In between the layers of plastic and cotton fibers is a hydrogel, or “water-gel.” Come perform experiments with us to explore the properties of hydrogels. How much water can they hold? Which brand of diapers is really the best?
Psych—Get Inside the Mind! Have you ever wondered what makes other people tick? If so, you may be interested in psychology. Psychology is the scientific study of human thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You’ll learn about the methods that psychologists use to study how children develop. You’ll then get to play a game developed by psychologists to understand how people decide whether to cooperate or compete with other people.
Random Fun Is there a fast way to predict a random number? We will write the computer code for a guessing game and learn why computer science is useful for more than just machines.
The Science of Bread In this workshop, we will use air balloons to demonstrate how gas is released as a result of the process of fermentation. We will also have a short presentation explaining the use of yeast in engineering labs. Finally, we will look at yeast that contain a glowing molecule under the microscope!
The Secret World of Fungi Fungi are everywhere! Join us in looking at fungi in crazy places and grow your own pet fungi. Help us make new discoveries about the fungi on Tulane’s campus.
Something's Fishy Fish come in all shapes and sizes - small enough to fit on your fingertip and big enough to swallow you whole! Ichthyologists are fish scientists who research these fascinating creatures. We will watch videos on how the Coast Guard collects data on sharks in the Gulf. We'll talk about what the different body forms of fish tell us about their feeding habits and where they live in the water. You'll get to design your own fish using what you learned and try identifying and manipulating preserved specimens to see all the diversity of fish shapes!
Strength in Pulleys Sponsored by Valero
Tiny Crabs, Big Ocean! In this workshop we will explore the effects of an oil spill on the food web of the Gulf of Mexico. You will also learn about the fascinating life cycle of the blue crab and get a chance to look up close at baby crabs before they even look like crabs!
Tissue Engineering We will explore designing tissues through engineering and then build some tissues of our own! In our lessons we will make our own engineered organs and we will look at the similarities between making cookie dough and tissue engineering-yum!
Tulane Conservation Biologists Your job is to develop a habitat conservation plan for a newly discovered lizard found only on the Tulane campus. Learn how biologists use GPS and collect data on animal habitat use!
Wilderness Explorers: Tulane
Learn what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist! Join us on a scavenger hunt using GPS’s, and learn how to radio track as we search for treasure around the Tulane campus. 

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