Other than K-12, REU & RET programs, the University of Pennsylvania has additional MRSEC outreach programs such as:
High School Science Teachers Programs
Monthly Lecture Series
Since 1994, the LRSM has presented a monthly series of materials-based lectures during the school year to science teachers. These are given by faculty and staff associated with the LRSM. The lectures are free, take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm and are followed by food and refreshments during which teachers can engage the speaker in conversation about the talk or other aspects of education. Teachers can also receive Act 48 credit.
Workshops for Teachers: Laboratory Experiments on Materials
In 2010 we started a series of workshops for teachers on 1) mechanical properties and 2) thermal properties of materials. These are given at the LRSM and are led by Schuyler Patton and are based on his highly successful senior elective course on materials science at Central High School, Philadelphia.
Workshop on Science in Archaeology
Since 2004 we have worked with the staff of the University Museum of Archaeology and anthropology to present a one-day workshop on materials science applied to archaeology. The workshop consists of a series of lectures on archaeochemistry, archaeometallurgy and archaeoceramics coupled with lab tours of LRSM and museum facilities, culminating in a tour of a local bronze casting foundry.
The 8th Workshop took place on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, see attached flyer. For further information on the 9th Workshop, or registration, contact Andrew R. McGhie at 215-898-6461 or email@example.com
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Girard Science Camp 2011
The first edition of the Penn-Girard Science Camp will work with 7th graders between the 6th and 10th of June 2011. The camp will be conducted by two Graduate Students, two Girard Science Teachers, one UPenn Faculty, and Education Directors. The objective of the camp is to expand the frontiers of STEM comfort-levels amongst 7th graders and enable them to become engaged in the pursuit of science. More specifically, objectives of the camp are of educational, affectional, and factual nature.
We have worked with a local high school teacher, Schuyler Patton, to prepare a year-long materials science senior elective course at Central High School. This course is now given in two sections to a total of 66 students each year.
Philadelphia Science Festival
A new City-wide event, the Philadelphia Science Festival, was held for the first time from April 15-28, 2011. Research groups from Penn manned booths on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City to stimulate people’s interest in STEM careers. In addition, the Penn MRSEC sponsored two Science Cafes at local hostelries during the Festival. Based on the apparent success of the event, it will be repeated annually.
Science Café Program
In order to reach out to the general public, we have started a monthly series of materials-based Science Cafes. These are popular science talks on specific aspects of materials, eg fuel cells, solar power, etc., given by our affiliated faculty at a local restaurant/bar in a relaxed setting conducive to setting up a dialogue between the speaker and the audience. These talks started in October 2010 and take place during the school year.
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In conjunction with the Philadelphia School District, we can now link the SEFs with school classrooms in real time using a recently purchased V-Tel teleconferencing unit and the School District's cable TV network. By analyzing the products of classroom experiments using our sophisticated instrumentation, and allowing students to have partial control of these instruments, an increased awareness will be generated of the advanced technologies that can be brought to bear on scientific problems. In addition, this interaction will enable the students to appreciate the research being carried out by scientists and engineers. This program is open to grades 7-12 and covers experiments in chemistry, physics, earth sciences, biological sciences, and environmental science. The first program, demonstrating the use of scanning electron microscopy was broadcast on November 5, 1998. Multiple broadcasts have since been made to Pennsylvania schools and to Philadelphia schools through the cable network and more recently by broadcasting from the school district's t.v. studio.
Collaboration with Southern Africa
A program was established in 2003 to bring science faculty from both South Africa and Lesotho, a small country land-locked within South Africa, to the MRSEC. Since then, 3- 4 faculty members have collaborated with MRSEC affiliated faculty every year for periods ranging from 1-3 months, usually during summer. One MRSEC faculty member visited both the National University of Lesotho and the University of the North West, SA, in 2006 to assess their needs.
Partnership on Research and Education in Materials, PREM
Since 1998 the MRSEC has collaborated with University of Puerto Rico faculty at Humacao, Rio Piedras, and Cayey, first through the CIRE program and more recently as part of a PREM. Joint research projects are undertaken and UPR faculty and students come to the MRSEC during the summer to perform research and use our Shared Research Facilities. Details of this program can be found under PREM elsewhere on this site.
Thermal Analysis Community Outreach
For many years, we have collaborated with the local Thermal Analysis Forum of Delaware Valley to increase the participation of graduate students in the use of thermal analytical techniques. This collaboration involves organizing an evening poster competition for graduates in December and a Spring Symposium on thermal analysis at which graduate students are major contributors.