Materials Science Day Camp Held on Campus
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
UTA’s Material Advantage chapter hosted a day camp for 32 local middle/high school students aged 12-16 on July 20.
“The camp is designed to introduce participants to Materials Science and Engineering, both in general, and related to specific research here at UTA. They learn the steps of engineering design and get to do hands-on experiments in some materials labs here on campus,” said Megen Velten, a doctoral student and member of the chapter.
During the one-day camp, the participants:
- Made superparamagnetic nanoparticles with Dr. Hao’s research group
- Explored oxidation/reduction reactions with titanium dioxide investigated nanoparticles and methylene blue with Dr. Liu’s group
- Imaged (hands on!) on a scanning electron microscope with Dr. Aswath’s group in the CCMB facility
- Sputter coated glass and went home with some silver (a nanogram or two) in their pockets
- Used polymers (made a polyurethane keychain out of precursors) to explore the steps of engineering design
- Studied the phase transformation of chocolate