The annual STEM Showcase provides students not only the opportunity to present their research, but to show the community and area high school students what they have been working on all year. On April 26th, 2014, the STEM College had over 50 student projects to present this year, including the Baja Car, the Concrete Canoe, and nanoflowers.
The Showcase has always been an opportunity for the community to come out and share in the excitement, but there was a new twist this year. The STEM College gave out two scholarships to incoming STEM students who attended the event, in an effort to raise awareness of all that our STEMians have accomplished. Queen-Amina Chijide, from MCCTC/Canfield High School, and Nicholas Bilas, from Cardinal Mooney High School, were both awarded $500 scholarships.
All of the projects featured at the Showcase were phenomenal, and the nanoflowers were no exception. Jennifer Miller and her group took a great deal of time setting up their project. They had to set up multiple samples of a barium chloride solution, each with varying pH levels. They then put their samples up to a scanning electron microscope to see which solutions would produce the best flowers. The group has also developed a version of this project for high school students. Other projects this year included a team that presented an animatronic arm, as well as a couple Additive Manufacturing projects.
Among the other projects were demonstrations of different STEM attractions, like the new Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing and the ever popular Tesla coil. High school students, YSU students, and parents alike enjoyed seeing all of the things that YSU STEM has to offer. For a smaller school, YSU has just as much opportunity as some of the larger schools, but on a more individual basis. The Showcase shows that there is a lot of hands-on work that our students are involved in.
The Showcase was brought to a close with the newer tradition of welcoming in the new class of the STEM Leadership Society. While we are both happy and sad to see our first SLS class graduate this year, we are sure the newest class will rise and exceed our expectations!
Look below for a slideshow of the Showcase!