In conjunction with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day events at Penn State, the Center for Quantitative Imagine (CQI) at the EMS Energy Institute hosted a workshop for young visitors. The event was intended to expose young students to imaging technologies and careers associated with imagine research, including oil and gas engineering, anthropology, soil sciences, civil engineering, and geosciences. CQI research faculty Tim Stecko and Katya Bazilevskaya coordinated the workshop, which had about 30 participants, and gave presentations to the visitors, including the students and their mentors.
Visitors heard how X-ray technology works, what materials are scanned, and how researchers work with scanned images as well as information about X-ray lab safety. The kids were able to view the various instrumentation and samples of scanned materials from animal bones and rocks to sports equipment and candy. Kids got a hands-on experience as they sketched and measured the internal structure of M&M candy and compared their findings to actual images.