Mary Brogan Outreach with Dr. William Oates

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An on-going program has been established in collaboration with the Mary Brogram Art and Science Museum. This is a monthly Saturday afternoon program (1:00pm every third Saturday of the month) entitled: Magnificent Materials and Exotic Engineering--(ME)2 geared toward kids and parents of all ages. This program includes hands on demonstrations of adaptive materials such as piezoelectric composites for energy harvesting, magnetostrictive "Sound bugs", temperature sensitive cholesteric liquid crystals, and artificial muscles. We also collaborate with fellow faculty, Drs. Ongi Englander (nanoscience) and Jonathan Clark (robotics) to bring a broad perspective of materials science, mathematics, and engineering to the general public. Below is an example of one of the programs illustrating artificial muscles.

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