Philly Materials Day 2015:  Five Years of Hands-On Materials Science and Engineering for All

Balloons, Ice Cream, Batteries, Robots, Ooblek, and More: Hands-on Materials Science and Engineering at Philly Materials Day 2015

Philly Materials Day - 2015On Saturday, February 7, 2015, approximately 1,300 kids and adults came out to experience the field of materials science and engineering first-hand at the fifth annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. By building tetrahedra out of balloons, tasting instant ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, learning about nanotechnology in cancer therapy and exploring over 30 other demonstrations, attendees talked with Drexel undergraduate and graduate students about how materials impact their lives.

Drexel University and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering played host to the hands-on science and engineering event, which introduced the general public to materials science and engineering in five broad categories: communication, earth, energy, health, and sports. Attendees had the chance to make their own bouncy balls, observe a small-scale superconductor train, learn about nature’s influence on materials research, understand how fruit can be used as a battery, and more. Participants also had the opportunity to attend small group workshops on topics such as designing a robot and learning more about pressure, density, and the weather. Perennial favorite hip-hop science guy Grand Hank entertained a large gathering in the auditorium.

Philly Materials Day - 2015Gold sponsor GKN Powder Metallurgy and bronze sponsors Arkema and Carpenter Technology presented demos at the event, as well as community partners the University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and North Penn High School.

Next year’s event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016. For more information, visit #PhillyMaterialsDay

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