PCCM hosts a full slate of outreach events for k-12 students, families and the public to engage and promote the excitement and societal impact of materials science and engineering.
We collaborate with local schools, the Princeton Public Library Spanish program, and Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance & Achievement (HISPA), to host Día de la Ciencia (Science Day), an annual bilingual event designed to encourage participation from the Hispanic community. About 300 people attend each year, interacting with 40 PCCM scientists and bilingual presenters facilitating live demos and hands-on activities.
PCCM organizes two popular public science lectures each year: the Holiday Lecture and Stars of Materials Science where faculty members explain their research through multimedia presentations, interactive demonstrations, and audience participation. These “sold out” events are geared toward the general public and are often attended by families with school-age children due to their accessible language and content as well as entertaining style.
PCCM runs an Industrial Outreach Seminar Series that provides an opportunity for students and postdocs to meet with industry leaders. Designed by Nan Yao, PCCM Industrial Outreach Director, the seminars expose students and research scholars to industrial scientists, who talk about their field and the intersection of science and industry.
In 2018, PCCM collaborated with Independence Science and Princeton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion to host the Inclusion in Science, Learning a New Direction (ISLAND) conference. This conference focuses on broadening participation from disabled learners to make STEM education and workplaces more accessible and inclusive. PCCM will host this conference biennially going forward.
Education and Outreach: Highlights 2015-2019
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