In 2015 Macro students began an outreach program to bring the basics of polymer science and engineering to elementary, middle, and high school students in the Detroit Metro area and beyond.
Each presentation introduces polymers to students from the most basic level of monomers as building blocks to how polymers are used in our everyday life. During each visit students have an opportunity to put into action what they have learned with various hands-on activities and demonstrations.
In the 2016-17 school year Macro students made 20 classroom visits and connected with over 1,000 students. Presentations include “Recycling and Remanufacturing”, “Why Are Polymers Different?”, “Polymers in Medicine”, and “Careers in Polymers”. This summer, in partnership with the Center for Educational Outreach, students will host teachers on campus for a day of workshops, lab tours, and activity demonstrations.
Several Macro students authored a paper, “Augmenting Primary and Secondary Education with Polymer Science and Engineering“, published in July 2017 by the Journal of Chemical Education.
Not a Macro student but interested in participating? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information!
Leadership and Outreach Awards
Macro is pleased to recognize the contributions of the outstanding students (in any program) who participate in this effort with the Overberger and Yee Leadership Awards. The 2016-17 awardees are…
Overberger Leadership Awards – Rose Cersonsky, Ayse Muniz, and Harry van der Laan
Yee Leadership Awards – Abhishek Dhyani, Heather Fairbairn (ChE) Leanna Foster, Nathan Jones, Ryan Hall, Laura Saunders, Ben Swerdlow (MSE), Alyssa Travitz