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Young Scientist Roundtable

Young Scientist Roundtable

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A monthly program designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their parents to learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts in many scientific fields presented at Central Middle School. All programs are always free and no registration is required. The main presentation begins at 7:00pm and is generally followed by a "Teen Roundtable" where students can participate in an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker. All programs are recorded for playback on ED's TV and some may be viewed online.
Dates for 2014-2015 School Year announced
Mark your calendars for the next exciting season of Young Scientist Roundtable programs held in the Central Middle School Auditorium. The scheduled dates are:
  • Monday, October 6... "Air Quality Engineering to Combat Air Pollutants" - Dr. Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
  • Tuesday, November 11
  • Monday, December 1
  • Tuesday, January 6
  • Monday, February 2
  • Monday, March 2
  • Tuesday, April 7
Watch this webpage for speakers and topics as they are confirmed.
Young Scientist Roundtable Wraps Up 22nd Season!
The 2013-2014 Season featured a school year full of a variety of fascinating science programs for students and their parents. The first program on Tuesday September 24 featured Mr. Mark Marshall, a Senior Principal R&D Engineer with Medtronic, speaking on the technology behind heart therapy. The October 7 program was all about the science of food products. The November 12 program featured Dr. Gerald Kulcinski returning to Young Scientist Roundtable to discuss "Nuclear Energy Without Nuclear Waste". YSR also went on the road on January 30 to Coon Rapids high School and featured Orthopedics Suregeon Dr. Allan Hunt (read the ABC Newspapers Review of the program). For additional biographical information and links for each program, go to 2013-2014 Programs.
Dates and Program Topics for 2013-2014
  • Tuesday September 24, 2013 — "Heart Therapy: Engineering Modern Medical Technology" - Mr. Mark Marshall, Medtronic
  • Monday October 7, 2013 — "What Color is Your Food?... Phytochemicals and Health" - Dr. Stephen Talcott, Texas A&M 
  • Tuesday November 12, 2013 — "Nuclear Energy Without Nuclear Waste" - Dr. Gerald Kulcinski, UW-Madison
  • Thursday December 19, 2013 — "Written in Bones:  Human Skeletal Remains and the Stories They Tell" - Dr. Susan Myster, Hamline University
  • Thursday January 30, 2014 — "Orthopedics and Sports Medicine" - Dr. Allan Hunt (Special YSR Event held at Coon Rapids High School) (For info: Anoka-Hennepin Schools website)
  • Monday February 3, 2014 — "Microsurgery and Electrical Principles" - Dr. Allen Van Beek, University of Minnesota and Plastic Surgery Specialists 
  • Monday March 3, 2014 — "Relics of the Early Solar System:  Comets and Interplanetary Dust" - Dr. Russell Palma, Minnesota State University, Mankato 
  • Thursday April 10, 2014 — "Green Chemistry:  Formulating Transformer Oil from Natural Esters" - Mr. Kevin Rapp
  • Monday April 21, 2014 — "Medical Device Design:  New Prototyping Methods" - Dr. Arthur Erdman, University of Minnesota (rescheduled from January 6)  
Flyers for 2013-2014 Young Scientist Roundtable Programs:
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Young Scientist Roundtable Highlights of the 21st Season!
Seven exciting and informational programs took place during the 2012-2013 School Year.  The season kicked off with Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Allan Hunt returning to Young Scientist Roundtable with his fascinating discussions and demonstrations of knee replacement surgery and other sports medicine and orthopedic advancements before an audience of over 350 young scientists and their parents.  The next program on October 15 featured the topic "Bear Conservation" with fascinating observations of bears throughout the world.  The season concluded with a detailed look at the applications of "Magnetic Nanobots".  All programs were recorded for future playback on ED's TV and some may be viewed online.
Check the 2012-2013 Programs webpage for more details of last season's programs 
Check the 2011-2012 Programs webpage for details of programs for that season
Visit the Video Gallery to view short video clips of programs and a video of the program opening.
DVD copies may also soon be available for viewing/checkout.
Online videos of entire Young Scientist Roundtable Presentations and Teen Roundtables are being posted on the webpage of the individual program record. Video programs available for online viewing include:
News of Interest:
 NASA Presents:  Opportunity — 10 Years on Mars 
Dr. Steven Squyres, Mars Exploration Rovers Principal Investigator, presented to students at Young Scientist Roundtable in March 2010 on the topic "Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet"... he is featured on this video tribute to ten years of important scientific findings and discovery on Mars.  This video also features many of the engineers and scientists who worked on the project plus Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

Dr. John Ohlfest (Posted January 24, 2013): 
Dr. Ohlfest Young Scientist Roundtable regrets the passing of Dr. John Ohlfest, who was a pioneering brain tumor researcher and a friend of YSR.  In December of 2011, Dr. Ohlfest gave a presentation that was an outstanding example of service in science and to the community.  The picture to the left shows him sketching gene interactions during his Teen Roundtable session with students, which can be viewed in a video. The full YSR program has been shown on ED's TV along with the program featuring his colleague and research partner Dr. G. Elizabeth Pluhar.  
We extend our sympathies to Dr. Ohlfest's family, friends, and colleagues.

Ever wonder how a knuckleball seems to defy the laws of aerodynamics? (see video clip above)
This was just one of many interesting aspects of the February 5, 2013 program on Physics and Fluid Dynamics presented by Dr. Paul Strykowski.  

Mars Curiosity
Watch Coverage of the Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Project on ED's TV.
Watch a Cable 12 News Report about a local connection to the Mars Curiosity project (aired on August 6, 2012):

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is a Community Education program of the Wayzata Public Schools