Several members of the lab participate in monthly outreach events with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. K-12 students participate in educational activities spanning various fields from polymers to chromatography to circuits.
Several members of the group are involved with the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference here at Cornell. This is a conference dedicated to introducing science to 7th - 9th grade girls through hands on activities and participation. The conference provides them with women scientist role models and raises awareness of opportunities in science and math based careers.
More information can be found at https://www.eyh.cornell.edu/
We are helping to provide workshops for Middle School Science Teachers designed to support the teaching of physical science at the middle school level. These workshops are directed by the Cornell Center for Materials Research.
At these workshops we bring together talks from researchers in the New York area as well as an additional keynote speaker. The rest of the time will be taken up by short (2 min.) presentations. These presentations give the audience a flavor for the research topic and techniques used to address the research problem discussed. The overall goal is to give the audience an overview of the type of research techniques being used and problems being studied in the New York area.
Itai is working with Redshift productions and Maren Waldman, a choreographer and dancer, to create a dance and spoken word performance focused on motion at different length scales.
This six-session workshop exposed participants to techniques for presenting themselves in public. Students used improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, and multiple presentation assignmentsto help them find their scientific voice when speaking to fellow scientists, funding agents, and the lay public.