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For More Information, Contact:

Matthew J. Maurer Ph.D.
Co-Director: SEMS-ROC
Coordinator & Associate Professor: Science Education

412-397-4051 Phone
John Jay 213
Moon Campus

Sarah M. MacDonald B.A.
Manager, SEMS/Outreach

412-397-6331 Phone
John Jay 334
Moon Campus

STEM Outreach

Upcoming Events

Allegheny Green and Innovation Festival
Hartwood Acres, September 27, 2014
Robert Morris University's Engineering Department will showcase it's Energy and Sustainability ideas and programs.

9th Annual High School Science Bowl Competition
Robert Morris University, December 6, 2014
Sewall Center
Up to to 12 teams will compete against each other, answering timed science questions in a jeopardy-like setting, to see which school can achieve the first place spot.

2nd Annual Elementary School Family STEM Night 
Robert Morris University, March 28, 2014
Sewall Center
Families are invited to engage  in various interactive experiments, while learning more about the exciting STEM disciplines.

Recent Events:

Zombie Apocalypse Summer Camp
Robert Morris University, July 28 - August 1, 2014
STEM met the Zombie Apocalypse in this summer camp, which was open to middle school students in grades 5-7.  Students learned about ways that STEM can help them survive after total destruction.  Who knew STEM could be so much fun?!

High School Animatronics Camp
Robert Morris University, July 28 - August 1, 2014
This week-long camp was taught by Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci. Camp curriculum included: introduction to robotics and animatronics, modeling/prototyping, mechanism design and assembly, electricity and electronic basics, costuming and integration and more. 

High School Electro-Optics Camp
Robert Morris University, July 28 - July 31, 2014
This week-long camp was taught by Dr. Benjamin Campbell and  introduced students to electro-optics.  During this camp students learned about the basic principles of electronics and how to use several engineering tools, including: multimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, breadboards and circuit design software and more. Through hands-on activities, students also learned about the properties of photons and how lasers and fiber optics work together to create speed of light communications.

Girls in STEM

Robert Morris University, June 14, 2014

Over 20 girls in grades 6-8, attended hands-on workshops at RMU. Workshops were developed and taught by RMU Faculty, Staff and Industry Professionals in STEM fields.  Girls were exposed to information and activities in various disciplines, to help them explore future careers and degrees in STEM. Workshops included Cosmetic Chemistry: Lip Gloss, DNA Bracelet, Electricity, Exploring Aspects of Zoology, Fern Hollow Nature Center, Nursing Anatomy and Assessment and Soft Circuits.


Family STEM Night 
Robert Morris University, May 17, 2014
Over 150 Elementary School Students, grades K-4, and their families attended the first annual Family STEM Night.  Families engaged  in various interactive experiments, while learning more about exciting STEM disciplines. Interactive experiment tables included: Gummy Bear Launch, How much is 293, Frozen, Spectral Diffraction, Crazy Creek Critters, Microbiology and You, 3D printing, Human Biology, Roman Arch, Marshmallow Architecture, Designing with Zoobs and more.


SciTEch Days

Carnegie Science Center, March 6-7, 2014


smART: Science Meets ART is the idea that blending science and art will help keep students engaged and strengthen valuable scientific skills. Using this concept we developed a week long summer camp for local seventh through ninth grade students. During this camp our students explored four areas of science---Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Below you will find a collection of information not only about our smART camp, but also about how to start your own smART camp and incorporate smART into your classroom.

Check out the following smART LINKS:
  1. Ecosystem Design Lesson Template
  2. Ecosystem Design Info Loop Sample
  3. Energy Lesson Plan Template
  4. Dendrology Lesson Template
  5. Lab Safety Contract Template
  6. Sample Camp Lab Workbook
  7. Sun-print Lesson Template
  8. Sample Summer Camp Workbook