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Hands-on Science After School

Students exploring changing characteristics of household materials with chemical reactions at a local STEM festival organized by Utah MRSEC.

Utah MRSEC establishes science and engineering afterschool clubs at community centers and schools serving predominately underrepresented minority (URM) students in those fields. The Education and Outreach team then hires and trains University of Utah undergraduates to lead the clubs and deliver hands-on activities each week.

At the Hser Ner Moo Community Center club site, a STEM Festival was organized by MRSEC undergraduates. Over 200 elementary students (155 URM, 102 female)  got to create chemical reactions, observe characteristic changes in materials and discover the properties of light and ways to manipulate it for focusing.