Passport to Hi-Tech

Potato Cannons, Robots, DNA Extraction to Inspire Curiosity for Science at New Conner Prairie Event

‘Passport to Hi-Tech’ Aimed at Young Girls, But Families Welcome Too

FISHERS, Ind., (Feb. 21, 2014) – Safely shoot a potato cannon, jump inside a computer, extract DNA from strawberries and more as you earn your ticket to a journey around this increasingly technological world during Passport to Hi-Tech.  Conner Prairie and Women & Hi Tech are offering this unique event to inspire, engage and educate young girls in science, engineering and technology, but are inviting all family members.

Sponsored by Roche Diagnostics and in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Passport to Hi-Tech will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is aimed at youth ages 8-12 and will feature a day full of exciting interactive exhibits and hands-on experiments, including a girls-only exploration lab, robots, Q&A sessions with Hoosier women in the science and technology industry and so much more.

“We are excited to partner with Women & Hi Tech for this unique event. We want to show young girls that science is exciting and isn’t just for boys,” said Ellen M. Rosenthal, president and CEO. “Although aimed at young women, this event is sure to inspire interest in science for the whole family.”

Activities include:

·         Amplifying Your DNA – How do you amplify DNA? Learn about polymerase chain reaction, better known as PCR, technology  can help study DNA on a bigger scale through an interactive Play-doh® activity.

·         Power Your Future – Build your own propulsion system and test it while discovering the inner workings of turbines in the turbine “petting zoo.”

  • Unlocking Your DNA – Extract DNA from strawberries and create a unique DNA bracelet based on your own characteristics.
  • Rockin’ Robots – Check out some really rockin’ robots. Unveil what makes them work and perhaps take the controls.
  • Make it Happen – How does a supply chain work? Help work on an assembly line complete with production, inspection and making.
  • Manufacturing Mania – What are lean manufacturing tools or a Kanban? Unlock the answer as you time the assembly of tinker toys.
  • Ready, Set, Compute! – Get ready to jump into a computer in this fast-paced game.
  • Get Energized – Use a computer to design an eco-friendly dream house with an alternative-energy vehicle.
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll – Discover the importance of civil engineering by designing and building a structure that can survive an earthquake. Then put it to the test on our shake table.
  • Controlling Your Social Media Fortune – Fold your own origami fortune teller game and learn important safety tips about social media.
  • Get Your Motor Running – Learn what materials allow or restrict the flow of electricity, which is what our electrical engineers use to power and control roller coasters all over the world.
  • Industry Experts – Hoosier women in science, technology and engineering from Indiana colleges and universities, including Purdue, IUPUI, Indiana State and Ivy Tech will be on-hand to provide short presentations and engage in Q&A sessions about what it is like to work in a male-dominated field.
  • Girls-Only Exploration Lab – It may be girls-only, but dads, brothers, uncles and grandpas are still welcome. Participate in:
    • Imagination Playground – Use unique oversized building blocks and your imagination to see what you can create.
    • Design, Build, Crash – Using LEGO® building blocks, design and build a safe car of the future. Test your design to see if it stands up to the crash test as your car is flung down the track. Will you celebrate success or go back to the drawing board for an even better design?
    • Up and Away – Discover what makes a balloon soar into the sky. Construct your own hot air balloon as you explore early aviation.
    • Ready, Aim, Potato? – This is kitchen science to the extreme! Explore the science of combustion and propellants as you safely help man a potato cannon.

“Passport to Hi-Tech focuses exactly on a core mission of Women & Hi Tech, which is to encourage and build interest in science, technology and engineering for young girls in Indiana,” said Deborah Pollack-Milgate, president of Women & Hi Tech. “We are proud to partner with Conner Prairie to provide a fun, exciting event for the community focused on science.”

Passport to Hi-Tech is recommended for ages 8-12. All youth and families welcome. Activities will be held both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8. It is included in general admission, which is $7 for adults and youth (ages 2-12). Members and youth younger than 2 are free.

For more information, call (317) 776-6006, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ConnerPrairie with the hashtag #Passport2HiTech.

About Women & Hi Tech

Women & Hi Tech is a non-profit organization created to address the specific needs of women in high-tech industries in Central Indiana and to encourage more women to consider careers in technology. Women & Hi Tech is an organization of women and men whose goal is to attract, develop, retain, support and promote women who are interested in technology, through networking, role modeling, education and professional development. Women & Hi Tech hosts quarterly development and education luncheons on topics including career development, work-life balance, mentoring and business awareness. Their bi-annual Leading Light Awards honors women of achievement in science, education and technology who have set an example to others in pursuing their chosen career, and attracts over 300 participants. To learn more, visit provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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