STEM Showcase 2016

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The annual STEM Showcase was a huge success this year, with more student projects presented than ever before. On Saturday, April 23, prospective students, current students, parents, faculty, and many others filled Moser Hall to see what the students of STEM have been working on all semester (and for some, all year).

Student organizations displayed some of their annual creations, such as AIChE’s Chem-E-Car, ASCE’s Concrete Canoe, and SAE’s Baja Car. Some of the other notable projects on display were the automated snow blower, which can be controlled by a smart phone, and the digital theremin, which is an instrument that produces a very unique sound.

Sloth Research groupOne group of students won the Ohio Academy of Science Research Award for their project concerning sloth muscle research. Tyler Tsangaris-Braatz, Paije Kiraly, Amanda Svenson, and Abdel-Ruhman Yusuf, along with faculty mentor Dr. Butcher, examined the muscle fibers of sloths to determine the efficiency of their energy use when hanging from trees.

The research award grants them $100 and a publication on the Ohio Academy of Sciences website as well as in their newsletter.

Also during the showcase, guests were given tours of the Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing and the brand new Launch Lab.

To conclude the day’s activities, Dean Steelant congratulated all of the students on their successes and inducted new members into the STEM Leadership Society.