Edison School District ACES program

On April 12 2024, PCCM, in partnership with Science Outreach,  welcomed 27 middle school students from the Edison School district ACES program to explore engineering and materials science. The students visited the Micro/Nanofabrication Center, where they experienced being in a cleanroom and learned from Dr. Zuzanna Lewicka and Joe Palmer about microfabrication. Led by MAE graduate students from Prof. Aimy Wissa’s research group, the students built and tested their own gliders in the Princeton Robotics Lab. They also learned about surface tension, bubbles and high-speed imaging in Prof. Luc Deike’s research lab. The fun-filled visit concluded with an interactive demonstration about origami engineering with Dr. Tuo Zhao, where the students created their own origami while learning about folding and origami design applied to soft robotics.  

Special thanks to all the Princeton University graduate students, postdocs and staff for leading the interactive demonstrations, especially Megan Mazzatenta, Hannah Wiswell, Dr. Tuo Zhao and Dr. Zuzanna Lewicka.