Volunteering through the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE)

Members of the lab work closely with the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) to establish outreach activities for graduate students. Lab members Caymen Novak and Catherine Snyder, working as Outreach Co-Chairs for GradSWE, have helped design and organize volunteering events for graduate students to introduce STEM topics and ideas to elementary students local to the University of Michigan. This past year, a program for 4th graders which focused on a new engineering topic each week (kinetic and potential energy, density, circuits and polymers) included a short discussion and a hands-on project that lasted an hour and was held once a week for four weeks at two local elementary schools. Expanding the program this year, Catherine and the other Outreach Co-chairs, are continuing the 4th grade program and adding a single session for kindergarten students to talk about and demonstrate the 3 phases of matter. Additionally, as a GradSWE Outreach Co-chairs, Catherine and Caymen have recently initiated a partnership with the Girl Scouts of America to provide more STEM based activities for the Girl Scout Troops in Ann Arbor. Planned collaboration events include a science based Halloween activity, a three Saturday event where STEM topics such as sustainability, biology, and coding will be presented to the troops through hands on learning and group projects, and a four-day robotics event where the troops will work together to build and operate their robots. 



ASM Camp for High School Teachers

The ECM lab participates each year in the ASM Teachers Materials Camp that happens at the University of Michigan. During the camp, high school teachers tour the lab and are given ideas and talking points about current research in the field of materials science and engineering that they can take back to their classrooms.
Professor Mehta and the ECM lab organized the Materials Science and Engineering Department activities for Discover Engineering 2017. Discover Engineering is a two day on-campus camp for 8th - 10th grade students and their parents to learn about the different engineering disciplines offered at the University of Michigan. Through lab tours and hands on activities, the students were able to learn about fracture mechanics, crystal growth, kiragami and hydrogels used for cancer cell studies carried out in the ECM lab.