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Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania Departments of Materials Science and Engineering to Host Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day

January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011  Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania Departments of Materials Science and Engineering are partnering with WGBH/NOVA and the Materials Research Society to host “Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day” February 5, 2011 in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market Streets.

Almost everything around you—the clothes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the computer you use, the bike you ride or the car you drive—is made of stuff. Materials science is the study of stuff—what it’s made of, how it works and what we can do with it. “Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day” will introduce the general public to materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than ever, all featured materials in the MAKING STUFF series.

The day will explore faculty and student-led demonstrations as well as faculty talks about materials that include the following:

  • Mix hip-hop and materials science with Grand Hank
  • Hear about the materials that make up the Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Learn about what materials make up skis and sneakers
  • Make a liquid crystal thermometer
  • Try some liquid nitrogen ice-cream
  • Help build a carbon nanotube
  • …and more

In addition to “Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day,” an expert panel comprised of Drexel and Penn faculty previewing “Stronger,” the first episode of MAKING STUFF will take place at WHYY on January 26, 2011.

The day will promote MAKING STUFF with David Pogue, a four-part NOVA documentary series about the world of materials. Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania Departments of Materials Science and Engineering are one of 15 coalitions across the country awarded a $6,000 National Science Foundation and Department of Energy grant to promote the upcoming PBS/NOVA program MAKING STUFF. For more information on MAKING STUFF, visit the MAKING STUFF website. For more information on “Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day” and other Philly-related MAKING STUFF activities, visit the “Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day” website.