High School Students Get Hands-on Materials Experience

Published on Tuesday August 1, 2006

For the second year in a row, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, in conjunction with the ASM International Philadelphia Chapter, hosted Materials Camp, a week-long academic day camp in July that introduced high school students to all facets of the field of materials science and engineering. Students were exposed to metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites, as well as a number of topics like the strength of materials and materials design. In the lab, the participants, a collection of juniors and seniors from Delaware Valley schools, also got a first hand look at furnaces and electron microscopes; metals and ceramics; magnets and polymers; slime, foam and composites; and macro-, micro- and nanotechnology.

To top off their experience, students participated in an intense competition to build the lightest, strongest beam using the same technology that goes into exciting products like helicopter rotors and high performance skis. Materials Camp provides the perfect opportunity to pique students’ interest in materials science and engineering at the time in their lives when they are choosing a path of higher education.