Published on Sunday July 3, 2005
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering hosted a week-long day camp dedicated to introducing high school students to the exciting world of materials science and engineering.
Running from Monday, June 27th through Friday, July 1st, the camp introduced high school students from the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas to materials science and engineering and instilled an excitement and curiosity about research and discovery in the 21 participating students. The program was comprised of short introductory lectures given by graduate students followed by hands-on activities undertaken by the participants themselves. One day of the camp was devoted to industry visits to SPS Technologies, a manufacturer of fasteners used extensively in aerospace; Rohm & Haas, a major chemical research and manufacturer; and Solar Atmospheres, a vacuum heat treater. Students parents were also invited to participate in a final celebratory barbecue and awards ceremony on the final day of the camp.
Topics of the lectures held throughout the week included steels for swords, biotechnology and nanotechnology, composites, ceramics, and polymers. Composites was a distinct theme throughout the week as students designed, built, and tested bridges using their new knowledge. Campers also participated in experiments with fuel cells and solar cells and the ever-popular departmental lab known as "slime and foam." At the end of the week, graduate students Jos頂ermudez (advisor: Wei-Heng Shih) and Michael Birnkrant (advisor: Chrisophter Li) tested the students' knowledge about materials with a uniquely created game of Quizzo.
Largely organized and run by select graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and led by Ph.D. student Elizabeth Hoffman (advisor: Michel Barsoum), the ASM International Materials Camp had significant guidance from faculty mentor Dr. Richard Knight.
The ASM International Materials Camp was sponsored by the ASM International Education Foundation; the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International; and a number of local companies and individuals, including SPS Technologies, Rohm and Haas, Solar Atmospheres, Laboratory Testing, Inc., Mittal Steel USA, Boeing Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Stork MMA Testing Labs, LECO Corporation, and NJ Dept Corr. Several members from the Liberty Bell chapter of ASM International attended camp activities, including Howard Cheatham, who coordinated the industry tours. The Liberty Bell Chapter also worked to raise sponsorship money from the companies listed above.