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Dr. Michael Keeve, Dean

The College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Norfolk State University
700 Park Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23504

   Tele: 757.823.8180
    Fax: 757.823.9114

NSU - Norfolk State University

CSET Outreach Workshops & Activities

Cyber Security and Digital Forensics This session provides a brief introduction to cyber security and hands-on cyber security demonstration exploring the use of Steganography. Stegonagraphy is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, except the sender and inteded recipient, even knows there is actually a message hidden. Students will learn how to hide text documents within pictures, send the message to a partner, and show the partner how to decode the hidden message.
Session Duration: 1 hour

Gaming and Simulation for Students This workshop session introduces students to the Game Maker game development software. Students are provided with step-by-step instructions on how to build a video game. This interactive session engages students to explore two such examples of building games.
Session Duration: 3 hours

Gaming and Simulation for Teachers This workshop session includes an introduction to using simulation and gaming in education. The process of designing an activity to cover specific curriculum content is discussed. Teachers are then introduced to the Scratch programming language and how to program using the software. They are provided with an opportunity to develop their own animation/activity/game using their o wn curriculum content.
Session Duration: 3 hours

Robotics Workshop for Elementary School Students This workshop is designed for students under nine years old, which includes a robotics presentation with video and live robot demonstrations.
Session Duration: 1 hour

Robotics Workshop for Middle School Students This session is designed for students nine years old and up. It includes a robotics presentation and the initial Scratch introduction and exercise, with a focus on sensor and motor blocks. This prepares the students to build and control the LeGO WeDo robots with Scratch. There are many options for attendees, including:
  • Build one of the pre-defined models and write a Scratch program to control it.
  • Use only the WeDo sensors and motors plus some extra LEGO bricks and craft materials to make a unique robot and create a Scratch program to control it.
  • Use only the WeDo sensors and motors plus some craft materials to build driving or flying controllers for a Scratch project.

Session Duration: At least 4 hours, plus time for competition demonstration.

Robotics Workshop for High School Students This workshop is an introduction to building and programming robots using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics System. Students practice construction and programming with the NXT intelligent brick with servo style motors and ultrasonic sensor. In groups, students build different robots and program them with a computer to move, react, and make sounds in order to solve challenges. This class is good practice for kids or mentors interested in robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO League.
Session Duration: 4 hours

Scratch Programming Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art-- and share your creations via the web. The students in this session will create their own animations, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. In the beginning of the Scratch Workshop, the main features of the Scratch user interface are explained and some demos of Scratch projects are shown to help the students understand the type of projects that are possible with Scratch. Students then work on MIT's Scratch "Getting Started Guide" ( for about 30 minutes, which gets them accustomed to using Scratch. Next, they complete the fish game exercise which guides them through building a game. This exercise ends with a list of game enhancements that students can continue to develop on their own. The workshop is designed for kids eight years old and up.
Session Duration: 2 hours

STEM Workshops for Girl Scouts The College of Science, Engineering, and Technology is partnering with the Girl Scouts Council of Colonial Coast to offer STEM experiences to some of the 16,000 girls who are members of the Council. These experiences are being offered through a series of Saturday STEM Days on the NSU campus. Girls participate in science experiments involving the color spectrum and slime; technology and engineering activities like building robots, web page development and animations with Scratch programming; and mathematics sessions such as visual algebra and visual arithmetic. CSET faculty and students facilitate the sessions providing exciting learning opportunities for the participants.
Session Duration: 4 hours

Web Page Development In this workshop students learn the fundamentals of creating a web page using hypertext markup language (HTML). This brief tutoring is intended to be the starting point for students who have never designed a webpage from scratch. The workshop provides students with the basic concepts needed for buiding webpages. Students learn how to create hyperlinks and bulleted lists. They also learn how to insert pictures, sound, and animation into their webpage. This workshop is intended for middle and high school students.
Session Duration: 1 1/2 hours

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