Middle School & High School Outreach
CHN researchers are happy to travel to schools and present their work to students of all ages and host groups that wish to tour the facilities at NEU, UML, and UNH.
The laboratory facilities in NEU's Kostas Nanomanufacturing Center and UML's Nanomanufacturing Facilities and Plastics Processing Laboratories receive a constant stream of visitors. K-12 students touring the UML's facilities usually check out the electromicroscopes, injection mold parts, produce blow molded bottles, electrospin polymer solutions, and examine current research projects. Students touring the Kostas Nanomanufacturing Center cannot usually enter the clean rooms, but undergraduate students prepared posters explaining the processes that the students are seeing through the windows of the clean rooms. In addition, longer programs allow high school students to fabricate parts.
Above: Jason Chiota (UML) explains blow molding to 6th graders from the Merriam School (Acton, MA)
Above: Lady Jimenez (UML) shows students how to operate an atomic force microscope.
Above: Student performs experiment in UNH's chemistry labs.
Above: 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from Norwell’s FIRST Lego League peer through microscopes after listening to presentation by Post-Doc Sivasubramanian Somu.
Below: Lego League students then 'prepare for the lab' by dressing in hair nets, shoe coverings, and rubber gloves, and then receive a tour of the Kostas Center at Northeastern University.