The KY MMNIN is extensively involved in many educational and outreach activities. We summarize each of those activities below along with a brief description of the activity. Although listed below by the core facility which served as the lead, most all of these activities are a combined effort from the dedicated staff of multiple cores. For additional information regarding any of the programs listed below please send an email to Ana.Sanchez@louisville.edu
Science Celebrations at the Kentucky Science Center
Every year, during the first week of April, the Kentucky Science Center (KSC) in Louisville KY celebrates a themed-event dedicated to sharing the “science of the small” with the general public to generate interest in micro/nano science. This event has become a very popular annual event at the KY Science Center with over 2,000 participants last year. KY MMNIN in partnership with the KSC have made this event instrumental for introducing a variety of STEM careers and activities to our next-generation scientists and provides them the opportunity to interact with nanotechnology professionals. This career-focused science celebration features extra interactive micro/nano experiences, local professionals, hands-on activities, and powerful demonstrations regarding micro-nanotechnology.
UofL Summer REU Program in Micro/NanoTechnology
The University of Louisville was successful in landing a NNCI-complementary NSF REU program which began this summer. The title of the hands-on engineering-based REU is IMPACT, which stands for Interdisciplinary Micro/nanotechnology Program Addressing Challenges Today. The goal of IMPACT is to recruit and train next-generation students in the interdisciplinary field of advanced micro/nano-manufacturing through exciting hands-on research projects which demonstrate how this remarkable miniaturization technology can be used to create new devices and systems capable of "impacting" the grand challenges of today in energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, security and the environment. The application portal for summer 2017 is now open @ www.louisville.edu/reu
MNTC Summer Camps
The Micro/Nano Technology Center is in the process of hosting two summer camps for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Louisville’s premier $30 million NNCI cleanroom. During the 1 week concentrated class, students learn the same microfabrication techniques used in Silicon Valley to make a variety of devices such as solar cells, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, etc. In Particular, the students fabricate and test a crystalline silicon solar cell. The participants also learn how to solder electronic components and communicate with a variety of devices using the Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. After completion of the program, the high school participants get to take home their silicon wafers, a cleanroom notebook, lecture notes used from the labs, and an embroidered polo shirt. For more information visit http://louisville.edu/micronano/summer-camps
CCRER Summer Camps
The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, which is part of the KY MMNIN, summer camps are hosted for high school students. Camp participants learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, and experience working in the labs on real hands-on projects using state-of-the-art analytical tools and research methods. This program allows the Conn Center to work directly with area high school students who are entering STEM fields.
RPC Prototyping Center Support and Coordinated Educational Activities
The UofL RPC provides 3D printing and other fabrication support for engineering classes and teams such as ME Capstone, SAE Formula and Baja team competitions, including super mileage and human powered vehicle teams and the NASA-sponsored River City Rocketry team which took 2nd place in national competition 2016. RPC also provides 3D printed components of student-designed mechanisms for final presentations in ME’s Computer Aided Design (CAD) course.
UK REU Program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices
UK currently has a REU program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices directed by Professor Kim Anderson. During the first week of the REU program, all students participate in a one day introduction to CeNSE and EMC capabilities and research goals. A number of these students are trained on the centers’ instrumentation and continue as users throughout the course of the summer. Before the start of the NNCI award CeNSE and the EMC supported the research of several members of the 2015 cohort. During summer 2016 students are fabricating devices within CeNSE, one of our core facilities at UK.
CeNSE and AMC Lead Activities
CeNSE is also currently being used by selected high school students from prestigious programs in the Lexington area. CeNSE and the EMC are core participants in the University of Kentucky’s engineering day. Over 2,500 people attended last year. A variety of events including demonstrations of lithography, nanoparticle synthesis, and electron microscopy. This year, CeNSE and the EMC hosted 70 middle school students for nano-fabrication and electron microscopy demonstrations during UK’s seeblue STEM camp. These students visited the facilities in small groups to ensure interaction and engagements in the educational experience.