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For More Information, Contact:

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

maurerm@rmu.edu
412-397-4051 Phone
John Jay 213
Moon Campus

Sarah M. MacDonald  
Manager, SEMS/Outreach
SEMS - ROC

macdonald@rmu.edu
412-397-6331 Phone
John Jay 150
Moon Campus

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STEM Outreach




Upcoming Events:

'Electro-Optics'
Filled to Capacity (accepting names for wait-list)
High School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 25-28, 2016
$75
This four day camp will be taught by Dr. Benjamin Campbell and introduces students to electro-optics and micro-controllers.  During this camp, students will learn the basic principles of electronics and how to use several engineering tools including: mulitimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, breadboards and circuit design softmare and more. Through hands-on activities, students learned about the properties of photons and lasers and learned how to use Arduinos and control lights and sensors.


'The Great Energy Race'
Filled to Capacity (accepting names for wait-list)
High School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 18-20, 2015
Free (funded through Constellation E2 Energy to Educate)
During this three day camp, led by Dr. Tony Kerzmann and Dr. Dave Sanchez, students will learn about global warming, energy efficient vehicles, hydrogen electrolysis, natural gas and electricity. Students will also, design, build and race their own energy efficient cars, and build a water purification system.

Girls in STEM Research Camp
Filled to Capacity (accepting names for wait-list)
High School Girls (grades 9-11)
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 18-21, 2016
$75
This hands-on research camp, led by Dr. Rika Carlsen, will offer each student one-on-one attention and allow them to truly have an immersive research experience. Topics that will be covered include: material testing, computer simulation, computer-aided design, 3D printing, traumatic brain injury and more.

'Energy Ties'
Filled to Capacity (accepting names for wait-list)
Middle School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 21-22, 2016
Free (funded through Constellation E2 Energy to Educate)
During this two day camp, led by Dr. Tony Kerzmann and Dr. Dave Sanchez, students will learn about global warming, weather and climate, carbon footprint and took part in several energy demonstrations. Students will also design, build and race solar cars.

'The Science of Food'
Filled to Capacity (accepting names for wait-list)
Adults
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
June 17, 2016
$25
During this workshop, led by Kim Smith (chef and owner of Relish Kitchen and Catering), attendees will learn about the science of food including: the science and fermentation of bread making, difference between gluten and gluten free products, and the science of making Kombucha tea.

For more information about our summer programs, please contact:
Sarah MacDonald: macdonald@rmu.edu or 412-397-6331

Recent Events:

3rd Annual Elementary School Family STEM Night
Robert Morris University, April 20, 2016
Sewall Center Arena
Free
Over 500 people attended SEMS 3nd Annual Family STEM Night. During the three hour event, teachers and elementary school students in grades K-4, and their families, had the chance to interact with various STEM professionals and engage in hands-on learning. Activity tables included RMU Faculty, student groups, and outside groups - Assemble, ASSET, Barrels to Beethoven, Carnegie Science Center. Cutich Chiropractic, Creek Connections, Estep's ATA Martial Art's Academy, Fern Hollow Nature Center, Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Karate STEM Academy, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. 

       
       


10th Annual High School Science Bowl Competition
Robert Morris University, November 7, 2015
Sewall Center
Eleven  schools competed against each other, answering timed science questions in a jeopardy-like setting. Each team was made up of one senior, one junior, one sophomore, and one freshman; up to four alternates were permitted per team. See winners below:
FIRST: Pine Richland
SECOND: Mount Lebanon
THIRD: Trinity

      
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Empowering Girls in STEM Program
Middle School Girls
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
June 27, 2015; July 25, 2015; August 15, 2015
This summer 15 middle school girls attended one Saturday each month and learned about  different aspects of STEM. June focused on Science, July focused on Engineering, and August focused on Mathematics and Technology.

June 27, 2015 - Science
     

July 25, 2015 - Engineering
      

August 15, 2015 - Math/Technology
      

'Energy Ties'
Middle School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 30-31, 2015
Free (funded through Constellation E2 Energy to Educate)
During this two day camp, led by Dr. Tony Kerzmann and Ali McDonald, students learned about global warming, weather and climate, carbon footprint and took part in several energy demonstrations. Students also designed, built and raced solar cars.

     

'The Great Energy Race'
High School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 27-29, 2015
Free (funded through Constellation E2 Energy to Educate)
During this three day camp, led by Dr. Tony Kerzmann and Ali McDonald, students learned about global warming, energy efficient vehicles, hydrogen electrolysis, natural gas and electricity. Students also, designed, built and raced their own energy efficient cars, and built a water purification system.

      


'Electro-Optics'
High School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
July 27-30, 2015
$75
This four day camp was taught by Dr. Benjamin Campbell and introduced students to electro-optics and micro-controllers.  During this camp, students learned the basic principles of electronics and how to use several engineering tools including: mulitimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, breadboards and circuit design softmare and more. Through hands-on activities, students learned about the properties of photons and lasers and learned how to use Arduinos and control lights and sensors. 

       


'Entertainment Technology'
High School Students
Robert Morris University, John Jay Center
August 3-5, 2015
$75
This three day camp was taught by Dr. Arif Sirinterlikci and introduced students to concepts in entertainment technology and its relation to engineering. The camp curriculum focused on gadets, props, special effects and animatronics. The camp also involved an open-ended design and development project. There was aspects of engineering covered, including CAD and mechatronics.

       


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Take a few moments to watch our E2 Energy to Educate video, which showcases our work through the Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grant:



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smART

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