Rowan to hold Summer Institute in Materials Science for H.S. students

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High school age future scientists will learn the physics behind curveballs, work with Kevlar and make polymer holograms at the Summer Institute in Materials Science for high school students and scienc

High school age future scientists will learn the physics behind curveballs, work with Kevlar and make polymer holograms at the Summer Institute in Materials Science for high school students and science teachers from July 17 to 27 at Rowan University.

Rowan University's College of Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Physics and Astronomy will host the program, which is designed for students interested in science and engineering and science teachers interested in earning 30 professional development credits (their session runs from July 24 to 27).

The Summer Institute will give students and teachers the opportunity to explore how science, engineering and new materials are helping shape the future. Participants will discover the microuniverse, make and break composite materials, create a hologram using laser technology, and learn about job opportunities in the high-tech field of materials science. The Summer Institute is supported by Rowan University; the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education; and industry leaders such as Hysitron, Sony and EnTCo.

Among the highlights of the Summer Institute are:

July 17

10 a.m. composites (mixing materials together to make use of the properties of all materials? embedding silicone rubber with Kevlar).

1:30 p.m. magnetism (studying magnetic materials and their applications).

July 18

10 a.m. holograms (making polymer holograms using a high power laser).

1 p.m. trip to Sony to see CD and DVD production.

July 19

1:30 p.m. science of baseball (includes topics such as how materials?such as those used in bats?are improving the sport, as well as the physics behind curveballs and trajectories).

July 20

1:30 p.m. rocket launching (using plastic soda bottles pressurized with water to understand engineering design).

July 24

9:30 a.m. making magnetic materials (working with a former Summer Institute student to make magnetic nanoparticles).

July 25

9:30 a.m. polymers (nylon) (making nylon and unusual polymers).

1:30 p.m. polymers (Kevlar) (investigating the strength properties of Kevlar depending on how it is processed).

July 26

a.m. trip to Checkpoint Systems (tentative) (a trip to Woodbury to see the technology behind anti-theft devices and radio-frequency id {RF id}, which identifies products individually).

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