Materials! Solving the Puzzle from the Bottom Up

April 10, 2pm - 4pm

Registration deadline: March 28

Have you ever wondered why today’s screens are bigger and brighter, why your new backpack is water resistant, or why certain materials are better for the environment? Have you ever thought about how new materials come to be? This two hour Techshop will introduce you to the subject of materials, how truly tiny (and yet important) atoms are, and how scientists go about solving the puzzle of why and how a material does what it does. We’ll tour materials through history, interactive computer simulations, and hands-on building - you will be mailed supplies needed including the required gummy bears.


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This Techshop is co-hosted and co-developed by the Page Research Group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls. Workshop materials are generously provided to the team through the Mini Grant Program of the Division of Diversity and Engagement, Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.