Nutrition with the Culinary MD

Today we got to meet Dr. Jennifer Carroll - a medical doctor, professor, AND research director at the CU School of Medicine. She is also one-half of the Culinary MDs, on a mission to spread healthy eating through easy, delicious recipes.

After learning about her 20-year career and wide range of experiences as both a doctor and a researcher, she showed us how to make a raw cauliflower β€œcouscous” salad. We were surprised at how tasty and satisfying you could make a meal using only fruits and vegetables!

Try it at home:


Biomedical Engineering

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This month we welcomed Paige Lonergan, a biomedical engineer at 3D Systems Healthcare. We got to learn about different types of 3D printing and some examples of cases she has been a part of since she started her career. We also got to see and hold actual 3D printed models such as a kidney, a jaw and prosthetics! Then, we designed our own ideas for a 3D medical device for animals and presented them to the group.

Women in Cable Telecommunications

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Today we heard from a panel of three women from the Women in Cable Telecommunications, Rocky Mountain Chapter. We took part in a 20 minute question and answer session focused mostly on the path leading up to their careers today and how they arrived there.

Then we learned about how digital devices understand data as binary digits, and applied this to our own names to β€œspell” them in binary. We chose two different colors of beads to represent the 1’s and 0’s, and made binary necklaces that represent our names!

Computer Science

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Reminder: Gingerbread Bridge Competition - Nov. 16

Today we welcomed Buffy Ransom, a Senior Vice President for Oracle Software Support. She brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of customer support, process re-engineering, and training. Buffy has an MS in Computer Information Systems, and a BS in Business Administration degree from Colorado State University.

ACTIVITY: Make your own chatbot!

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Kicking off

We had a blast meeting each other and collaborating on Trashin’ Fashion – designing with upcycled materials in the spirit of creativity and innovation!

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Meet your Chapter Leaders

Alexa Johnston

I graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a degree in Construction Management and Spanish. After graduating from college, I spent three months in Argentina volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

I have been with Mortenson Construction since 2011, and worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from hotels to office buildings to hospitals to flight training centers.  I am currently working on the construction of a private school.

As a project manager for a general contractor, I work closely with the owner, project team, and subcontractors to deliver buildings on time, safely, and on budget.


Daryn Giddings

I received my degree in Construction Management through the Boise State College of Engineering in 2012. My college years were spent volunteering for the Boise AGC Student Chapter where we planned and executed small construction projects throughout town, where my love for construction and interest in volunteering really developed.

I am currently in my 6th year with Mortenson construction where I am a Senior Project Engineer. My entire career has been spent on jobsites ranging from college football stadiums to hotels.  At the end of 2017 I transferred from Arizona to Colorado with my family to continue my career in construction.

Working as a General Contractor, my job includes managing subcontractors, scheduling, safety/quality control and coordinating different construction elements as they are installed in the field.

Chemical Engineering

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Today we met Jamie Robinson, a Process Engineer at Suncor Energy in Denver. We learned about how chemical engineers design and build systems for chemical production on a very large scale.

Our hands-on challenge was to design a "mini popper" that exploded in exactly 2 seconds. After learning about the chemical reactions that occur when mixing vinegar and baking soda, we put on our chemical engineering hats to figure out just the right mix of ingredients to accomplish the goal. There was in fact no "right" answer, but many possible combinations!


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Today we welcomed Sarah Sasse, a molecular biologist at National Jewish Health, who uses cutting-edge genomics-based tools to understand transcriptional regulation by glucocorticoids in healthy and diseased airways.

She shared her incredible career journey and then led us through a "human genome scavenger hunt" using an online genomics tool that she and her colleagues use on a daily basis!

Forensic Chemistry

Today we got to meet Lynn Riemer, an experienced forensic chemist, illicit drug expert, community advocate and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado. We learned all about her extraordinary experiences in the field, and the major role chemistry plays in solving crimes.

We also got to experiment in our own version of a crime lab, observing reactions between commonly known powders and various solutions. We were then able to use these observations to correctly identify an unknown substance! [download activity]

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Digital Graphic Design

Today we got to explore the intersection of graphic design and technology, using digital design tools to create our own business cards. Then we met Justine Henderson, a Denver-based designer and photographer, who inspired us with her story and career.

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Activity Instructions:

First, sign up at through Google (your school account)

This will bring you to the Beginner's Challenge. Once you have completed the Beginner's Challenge, try these other tutorials:

Once you've got the hang of those, click the Canva logo at the top left to return to main page and click Create a design. Then choose Business Card.


Now design a business card that represents you! Be sure to include:

  • A front and back design. Click +Add a new page at the bottom to add a second canvas for the other side.

  • Your name and a creative title for yourselfCat Lover, Math Lover, Slime Queen, Future Neuroscientist, etc...

  • Check out some examples here

Today we will meet Justine Henderson, a Denver-based designer and photographer. Here's her business card for inspiration πŸ’–


Make Your Own LED Stress Toy

Today we continued making our own pressure sensors, which control the brightness of an LED by how hard the sensor is squeezed. Once we finished building the sensor circuits, we attached them to foam stress toys to create our own pressure sensing, light-up stress toys!

We also learned that circuits don't always work on the first try, and how to "debug" them. This is an important part of the process! In the words of Thomas Edison: "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."

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You can find full instructions at the link below, in case you'd like to try again or make yours even better.

Biomedical Engineering

Today we met the amazing Michelle Mellenthin, a biomedical engineer and post-doctorate researcher. We learned about her experiences with Engineers without Borders and her current research on technology that helps damaged lungs function properly. We also talked about the use of sensors in biomedical engineering and started making our own pressure sensors!

We will finish making our sensors at the next meeting on Dec. 12, and continue our exploration of electronic circuits by making festive LED ornaments.

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Explore More:

  • Ready for a challenge? Check out Michelle's blog for an in-depth tutorial on how to make DIY flashing shoes! πŸ‘ŸπŸ’‘

& don't forget to register for SPACE EXPLORATION w/ Olivia Koski on Dec.1 πŸš€ (space is limited!)