Approximately 250 students, parents and community guests filled Gross Hall for the NC Science Festival event, hosted by the Research Triangle MRSEC. The event, geared towards making science fun and engaging the next generation of scientific and engineering minds, was thanks to the successful coordination of staff, faculty and students from all areas of science: Materials, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, in addition to Chemistry & Physics.
Have you ever seen origami that folds itself right before your very eyes? The main attraction, Hands-Free Origami, began with a demonstration by Professors Jan Genzer and Michael Dickey of NC State University, who showed off a simple way to convert 2D patterns into 3D shapes using light and inexpensive commercial polymers. Everyone in the audience got to experiment and make their own shapes! Following the hands-free experience, participants explored hands-on demonstrations about polymers, programmed assembly, chemistry, light, 3D printing, and biomedical engineering.
We thank the community for supporting this event through continued participation. Special thanks goes out to Marta Matsumoto, our Education & Outreach Coordinator. We look forward to continued outreach efforts bringing science to the K-12 crowd!