April 8th from 9am to 1pm: RT-MRSEC Hosts Outreach Event as part of the North Carolina Science Festival

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Saturday, April 8th from 9am - 1pm!

NCSU Centennial Campus, Engineering Building 1 - 911 Partners Way, Raleigh - Free Parking in the Oval Deck

**Workshops are at full capacity at this time. There may be room for drop-ins for the Potter's Penguin Project at 10am, 11am and Noon.

**Hands-on demos are ongoing from 9am to 1pm. There will be lots of fun for all!

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University will open its doors to anyone with an interest in science and engineering during an outreach event focusing on Art & Design within science. In addition to ongoing scientific demonstrations like Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, 3D printing, Instant Worms, Edible DNA, and The Science of Jello, we will have three special activities as follows:

  • Artist Liz Paley: The Potters' Penguin Project - learn about global warming effects on penguin populations. Create a clay penguin to add to this community art display! LEARN MORE
  • Artist Jeannette Brossart: Learn about the art and design of making mosaics AND take home your own creation! (*limited to 30 students each session) LEARN MORE
  • NCSU Faculty member Radmila Sazdanovic: From Plato, through Da Vinci to knotted polyhedra-art design through math. Each participant will get the chance to assemble a sculpture by a mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs

Pre-registration encouraged, please CLICK HERE.

This event is hosted by the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC), which has faculty and students at NCSU, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and NCCU, will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 9am to 1pm on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Engineering Building 1 at 911 Partners Way - Free parking in the Oval Parking Deck just across the street. 

“Since its inception, the RT-MRSEC has been involved very actively in various forms of public outreach. We do so for multiple reasons,” said Dr. Jan Genzer, Celanese Professor in CBE and MRSEC co-director. “First, we constantly strive to increase participation and diversity in STEM fields through education and mentoring of K-12 and undergraduate students. In a sense, this is a great recruiting event for all Triangle universities and the MRSEC in particular. We also put a lot of effort toward enhancing public awareness of materials research through lectures and hands-on demonstrations (many of which we have developed ourselves). We conduct those in middle and high schools, at local colleges and in various public places. The NC Science Festival represents a true hallmark of our activities in public outreach.”