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SAHI Scheduled Courses

June 21-26

Astronomy and Physics

Riding the Edge: The Physics of Cedar Point. Spills, thrills, chills – and that’s just the math and science.

Riding the Edge closely examines the physics behind the scream machines that make our hearts race and stomachs drop. You’ll gain fundamental knowledge of the principles of physics and solve problems in the context of using critical thinking and inquiry skills of applied physics. Classroom projects in engineering and physics will provide the basis for the science behind the thrill rides. The course’s “final exam” is a full day at the world’s biggest physics lab – Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Through the astronomy segment of the course, you will spend significant time exploring the skies by day and by night.

June 21-26

Biochemistry, Biotechnology - Molecules to Medicines: Structure and Function

Join the biochemists at Ohio Northern University for a weeklong experience to explore how DNA sequence is related to protein structure and how this affects protein function. You will examine the basic and advanced concepts required to understand those relationships. This will be done through intensive laboratory experiences and exciting classroom discussion. You will be introduced to amino acids and how they form proteins, the “machines” or “appliances” in the body that do all the work and allow cells and life to exist. The structure/function relationship of proteins will be studied and how this plays a part in their role in molecular biology, medicine and disease. You will delve into lab work, grow cells and allow cloned proteins to be made by bacteria. You will use this information and related concepts to understand how a protein does its job and how a damaged or malformed protein can contribute to disease. Disease symptoms are often due to changes in the structure of a protein, which affect how it functions in the body. During this weeklong course, you will see how DNA mutations play a role in the formation of malfunctioning proteins and resulting disease states. As a visual demonstration of this, you will examine how changes at the DNA level can result in altered protein structure and properties as you examine the attributes of a protein that glows green but can be changed to a non-glowing protein or one that glows blue through changes in the DNA sequence. As you explore, you will have opportunities to perform fundamental molecular biology and biochemical techniques. The application of molecular biology techniques to such controversial topics of genetically modified organisms and gene therapy will be presented followed by discussion regarding associated merits and ethical concerns.

June 21-26

Chemistry – The Chemistry of the Tomato: See It, Live It, Taste It

Join us as we dissect the tomato and discover the chemistry lurking behind its bright red cover!

Tomato…sounds boring. However, if you attend “The Chemistry of the Tomato” course at Ohio Northern University, you are in for a big surprise, because the tomato is full of interesting chemistry! Why is the tomato red when ripe? Why is the skin of the tomato so tough? What else is in a tomato beside “red”? Are they really good for you? In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of fundamental topics in chemistry through short lectures and extensive hands-on laboratory experiences relating to the tomato. Students will isolate and characterize the molecule responsible for the tomato’s red color. Questions will be asked. Can we determine the chemical differences between the skins (cuticles) of tomatoes and determine what molecule makes some cuticles tougher than other cuticles? Why is the tomato so tasty? Why can the tomato be grown in water or soil? Does the growing environment change the tomato’s composition with respect to water and chemical content? What is the role of sodium in the tomato, and do we need to worry about the amount of sodium in a tomato to maintain a healthy diet? Discover a rainbow of colors that can be created when we add bromine to tomato juice! What are the chemical reactions that are taking place? Can we mimic this reaction in the laboratory? This course will introduce students to several chemistry disciplines, including analytical, organic, biochemistry and physical chemistry, and will be guided by experts in each discipline. You will have a chance to become familiar with high-performance instrumentation used in each discipline.

June 21-26


Cryptography is a key element of the computing environment in the contemporary world, with numerous applications (finance and banking, network security, electronic voting, encrypting music and video files, to name just a few). In this workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of secure communication and acquire a working knowledge of famous cryptographic protocols such as RSA, ElGamal and Goldwasser-Micali cryptosystems, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and others. You’ll receive the necessary background in number theory (indispensable for a solid knowledge of cryptography) by experts in the field with extensive teaching, research and publishing experience. You will receive ample hands-on opportunities for putting your newly acquired knowledge to work with the help of sophisticated computer algebra systems such as MAPLE or MATLAB. Funny as well as challenging moments throughout the workshop will involve deciphering cryptograms, sharing secret keys and cryptography role-playing.

June 14-19

Design: Think. Know. Do.

During the design camp, you will embark on an exciting journey to explore the fundamentals of visual communication. Working in teams, you will redesign a nonprofit visual identity, including the logo, through a combination of research activities. You will learn how a variety of visual elements and methods, such as color, typeface, illustration and photography, convey an identity. You also will work with other students to understand the organization’s market, gather research on the identity, develop design criteria based on that research, develop alternative versions of a new identity, refine one version as the final design solution, and present a formal presentation of your design solution. Architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design will also be addressed during morning sessions to introduce the education, career paths and professional practices of other major design fields

June 21-26

Engineering Pathways

Hands-on activities will give you an understanding of the three basic engineering fields: civil engineering, electrical/computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. Classroom and laboratory activities take place in the engineering laboratories on campus and will include hands-on activities related to engineering. As an example of activities, you might determine the aerodynamic loads on a wing, apply and use strain gauges on a test sample, perform tensile testing on metals, or use programmable logic controllers to control an automated system. Field trips will be taken to visit with practicing engineers to enhance your knowledge of engineering and encourage interaction with professional engineers. You will learn about engineering applications through field trips and meetings with other practicing mechanical, civil and electrical engineers.

June 14-19

Forensic Science (Basic)

Through lectures on forensic theory and practice with hands-on activities, you will be exposed to many aspects of forensic investigation, including a day spent at the ONU Crime Scene House recognizing and collecting evidence. The week also will emphasize the importance of on-site and field-presumptive testing and analysis with final laboratory reports and presentations being the end work product. Your presentations will be assessed, and feedback will be provided prior to the final presentation.

June 21-26

Advanced Forensic Science

Exposure to the major probative areas of forensic science will be emphasized, including fingerprint analysis with latent prints collection and examination, DNA analysis, firearms identification, toxicology, and illicit drug chemistry. There will be less emphasis on the crime scene investigation aspect and a greater emphasis on laboratory science, although the crime scene house will be utilized for collection of evidence to be analyzed. Laboratory reports will be written and assessed, and you will receive feedback.

June 15-20

Human Anatomy Exploration with Histological Technique

The human body is an incredible living machine. Have you ever thought about how the different tissues and organs are organized to function? In this course, you will explore the human body by looking at tissues and organ systems using three different approaches in anatomy: gross anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy) and developmental anatomy. Gross anatomy is the “big picture,” and you will explore this level of anatomy by looking at the organ systems in dissections of preserved mammalian specimens. Through the microscope, you will discover the patterns and internal organization of tissues and organs. You will look at many different tissues and organs mounted on microscope slides. The theory and application for histology slide preparation will be explained in detail. Lastly, for a complete and indepth understanding, you will observe living chicken embryos, a model for the study of animal and human developmental history, to discover how different organs/systems form.

June 14-19 or June 21-26

Mock Trial – A Means to Litigate a Case

A robbery! A theme park! A victim in a coma! Put your critical-thinking skills to work and participate in presentation of opening statements, direct and cross examinations, relevant objections, and closing arguments as you work through a mock trial of this authentic case. You will gain confidence and improve your analytical and speaking skills as you explore the legal process of
a criminal trial. While proceedings in the legal profession are often very serious, you will have fun in this course, challenging your colleagues as you learn to think on your feet and argue
objections intelligently.

June 14-19


“Covering the Story: Online and On The Air” will give you a week of hands-on learning about multimedia news-gathering, including finding stories; interviewing newsmakers; recording interviews for radio, TV and online; shooting and editing video; and producing stories for display over radio, TV and online. You will learn about Adobe Audition and Final Cut Pro as you put together content for a Wordpress website dedicated to the weeklong experience.

June 14-19

Pharmacy (Only Seniors accepted)

In the pharmacy course, you will gain insight into the various science disciplines involved in the research and development of pharmaceutical products. Through hands-on lab and research experiences, you will learn the steps required to manufacture a product and how to counsel patients on the use of medications. You will visit four different pharmacy practice settings and prepare a final presentation for faculty and parents.

June 21-26

Technology: Hands-On Technology

Innovations and technology abound in your journey from design to competition at the Hands-On Technology (HOT) camp. You will be exposed to a world of inquiry through problem-solving exercises to obtain a deeper learning of technology in action. You will have hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics as you design, develop, create and test a radio-controlled hovercraft. Use state-of-the-art software programs to design your prototype while operating and using cutting-edge technologies and equipment. Examples include advanced 3-D designing, 3-D printing/rapid prototyping, creating printed circuit boards, thermal forming of plastics, material fabrication, metal casting, robotics and others that develop and test your abilities to create a competition winner. Each participant will take his or her creation with them when completed.