The materials of everyday life

Materials Science Day

Drexel University

For the fourth year in a row, Penn’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science is teaming up with that department at Drexel to host Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day on Saturday, Feb. 1. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 31st and Market streets, and offers people of all ages the chance to participate in hands-on science and engineering activities.

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day is a way to explore some of the items of which the world is made and to learn about how materials impact people every day.

The day will include faculty and student-led hands-on demonstrations, including the creation of a large-scale version of a carbon nanotube, as well as talks about materials that are inspired by nature and the role of superconductors in making train travel faster. This year’s event is part of NO VA Education’s “Making Stuff” Outreach Campaign. A second season of “Making Stuff” premiered on PBS in October 2013, and in 2014, a community of 75 organizations across the country will host events around the episode themes of “Wilder,” “Colder,” “Faster,” and “Safer.”

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Originally published on January 16, 2014