Conference Day Schedule

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Time Session Title

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Keynote Session

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Eye on You
Presenter: Dr. Alisha Cornish, Professor, Volunteer State Community College

The presenter will dissect an animal eye and discuss the parts the eye and how we see.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: Tessellation, Math, and Design
Presenter: Bingbing Li, Professor, Central Michigan University

This workshop focuses on the introduction of tessellation and its correlation to math and design. Activities during the workshop include (1) learning basic tessellation operations (e.g., rotation, inversion), (2) learning the math behind tessellation, (3) design patterns using different geometrical shapes, and (4) design patterns using digital images. Online free software Pixlr X image editor will be used to perform digital tessellation.

Learning Objectives of this section include (1) basic math and methods for tessellation, (2) pattern design by using tessellation, and (3) understanding the differences between science, art, and design.

Note: This workshop and the workshop “Introduction to 3D Printing Technology and Modeling Using Tinkercad” are series workshops. Please attend both workshops for complete knowledge.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Session 3: Introduction to 3D Printing Technology and Modeling Using Tinkercad
Presenter: Tracy Zhang, Ph.D./Specialist, Michigan State University

Introduce students to the principles and applications of 3D printing, and students will learn briefly to conceptualize and create 3D printing models for tessellation using Tinkercad.

Note: This workshop is a follow up workshop for “Tessellation, Math, and Design”. Please sign up for both workshops. Students need to login to Tinkercad during workshop. It will be very helpful if students could try to log in to Tinkercad with their Google account (in general, school email accounts work) or create an account in Tinkercad (

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch & Learn/Keynote Session

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 4: Cyber Safety
Presenter: Freda Pinkerton, Professor, Volunteer State Community College

In this workshop students will learn the importance of keeping themselves safe when using the Internet and their home computers.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 5: Discovering Circular Relationships Using Hands-on Methods
Presenter: Amber Sullivan, Professor, Volunteer State Community College

Work with materials found from home to discover circular relationships!

Note: Here is the list of materials you will want to have available:(1) a measuring device of some sort: ruler, measuring tape, etc. that has centimeters; (2) five objects that have a circular shape and can be measured around: lids, jars, candles, coins, etc.; (3) some type of string: yarn, thread, fishing line, etc. (Wikistix are particularly fun); (4) scissors; (5) a calculator with the ability to divide (phone or computer calculator would work).

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 6: Know Your CPR!
Presenter: Karen Billingsley, Professor, Volunteer State Community College

Learn how to do CPR! Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique that's useful in many emergencies, such as a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing, or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends starting CPR with hard and fast chest compressions.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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