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OUTREACH PLAN:  Linking Science-Technology-Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

1.      Introducing Robotics into the curriculum for Physics (11th & 12th) and Discovery Science (9th) courses.

a.       Apply for grant to purchase Lego Mindstorm robotic equipment

b.      Physics cup challenge with robotics using the Lego Mindstorm robotic equipment

2.       Discovery Science course using Legos to problem solve

a.       Using Legos to build a working model of a AFM

3.       Drexel 2011 Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge sponsored by the United States Office of Naval Research.

a.       If my high school qualifies as being a part of the Greater Philadelphia
b.   Gathering a group of 25 students from the technology courses, computer courses and/or physics courses to participate in the Sea Perch Challenge of an underwater robotics competition.

4.      Taking a group of interested physics students to participate in

a.      Nano Day at Penn – October 2010

b.      The High School Day during Engineer’s Week at Drexel – February 2011

c.       Physics Open House –March 2011

5.       Introducing physics students to the Engineering program at Rowan University

a.       Invite a guest speaker to introduce the field of Engineering

b.      Participate in one of their Outreach programs      

  • http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/engineering/k-12/ 
  • Melanie Basantis Director of Engineering Outreach

    1) Engineers on Wheels

    2) Engineering Clinics for Teachers

    3) High School Scholars Program

    4) Rowan's Introduction for Students to Engineering (RISE)

    5) Bring your class to Rowan: 

    • Hands on, $5 per student material fee
    • 9:15-9:30    -  Engineering Overview (Rowan Hall – Auditorium)
    • 9:30-9:50    -  Building and Lab Tour
    • 10:00-11:00 -  Hands on Activity
    • 11:00-11:30 - Planetarium Show (if available), or Science Hall tour
    • 11:30-12:15 - Lunch options
      • 1.     Marketplace  - $8 per person, all-you-can-eat buffet
      • 2.     Pizza in Rowan Hall  - $3 for 2 slices and a soda (sponsored by the students societies and not always available)
      • 3.     Brown bag in Rowan Hall
    • 12:15-12:45 - Campus Tour, and Wrap-up

6.       Attend an Engineering seminar at NJIT on

a.       Nanomaterials for biosensors and nonviral delivery

b.      Multifunctional nanomaterials: from novel synethitic methods to their applications in catalysis, medicine and energy

c.       Seminar Coordinator: Professor Marino Xanthos 973-642-4762 xanthos@ njit.edu

7.       Inform students of Summer Programs and High School Outreach at Rutgers University in Engineering

a.       NJ Governor's School of Engineering and Technology (High Achieving 11th Grade Students)

b.      The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering & Technology, TARGET (6th-10th Grade Girls)

c.       Northern New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, JSHS (February Research Fair for High School Students)

                                                              i.      Office of Student Development
98 Brett Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058
Phone: 732/445-2687
Fax: 732/445-5878


2010 Outreach programs Completed
30 Freshman Students went to Nano-Day at UPENN
Two students from each of the 15 sections of Discovery Science Course were selected to attend after school Nano-Themed Activities, attend Nano-Day at UPENN, create a poster about Nanotechnology, and then turn-key what they learned to their individual classes.
  • Nanoday: Attachments
    • Nanoday 10 Schedule
    • Nanoday 2010 Poster
    • Changing Properties
AP Chemistry Students went to visit UPENN
HHS's AP Chemistry students went to learn about the SEM, TEM, and ATF microscopy.  
  • They were first given an introduction to "seeing" the unseen by James McGonigle, Associate Director for Nano/Bio Interface Center Programs 
    • Attachments:
      • Black Box
      • Black Box Activity
      • Black box activity 2
      • TEM
      • TEM image
      • AFM
      • SEM
      • Presnowflake
      • Snowflake
      • Writing on a single hair
  • They were able to see the TEM, SEM, and AFM in action and ask questions.
  • They were invited to go to the Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum at 215 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA.  http://www.chemheritage.org/visit/museum/index.aspx  contact Gigi Naglak, outreach coordinator, at 215.873.8258 or tours@chemheritage.org.
Two Guest Speakers for the Physics Students
  • Rowan University's Engineering Department
  • NASA Researcher: HHS Alumni Speaker.
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