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In Photos: 2015 Philly Materials Day

February 11, 2015

Drexel student Jing Chen demonstrates fiber optics to a young participant at the 5th annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.
Drexel student Jing Chen demonstrates fiber optics to a young participant at the 5th annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.

Robots, non-Newtonian fluids and liquid nitrogen, oh my!

Approximately 1,300 people turned out Saturday to take part in the 5th annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day at Drexel’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center.

Attendees of all ages were treated to hands-on experiences highlighting what makes up everything in the world: materials.

“It was a huge success,” said Katie Van Aken, a doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. “Students, volunteers and hundreds of visitors gathered to explore materials science in all of its disciplines.”

Van Aken ran multiple workshops, including one about weather in which children made cloud forms inside two-liter bottles and another in which attendees built small robot claws to pick up items.

“From three to 103 and all ages in between, everyone learned something about materials science on Saturday,” Van Aken said. “I know we inspired future scientists to learn even more.”

Check out some photos from inside the Bossone Research Enterprise Center that would make Bill Nye giddy.

Doctoral Candidate Kelsey Hatzell gives demonstration to a crowd of children.
Doctoral Candidate Kelsey Hatzell gives demonstration to a crowd of children.

Thomas Heng (top) and Seung Cho work with a young attendee of Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.
Thomas Heng (top) and Seung Cho work with a young attendee of Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.

"Hip hop" scientist Grand Hank doing an experiment with a member from the audience.
"Hip hop" scientist Grand Hank doing an experiment with a member from the audience.

Thomas Heng making a presentation at Philly Materials Science and Engineering.
Thomas Heng making a presentation at Philly Materials Science and Engineering.

Children and their parents wear tetrahedra-shaped balloon hats during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.
Children and their parents wear tetrahedra-shaped balloon hats during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.

Young boy learns about making batteries from fruit from Drexel materials science students.
Young boy learns about making batteries from fruit from Drexel materials science students.

Photos courtesy of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Check out more here.