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Materials Science: Discover & Design

What do you get when you cross metallurgy, physics, chemistry, and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering? Materials science, of course! Students will explore the materials we use to make stuff stronger, lighter and better. Create a golden penny, make sparks, grow crystals, use fruit and metals to engineer a battery, and compete with classmates to create the strongest cement. Join us for these and many other lab activities during a fast-paced week of learning and fun! This course is offered in partnership with the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the ASM Materials Education Foundation.

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders. 


Richard Lee is a Ph.D. student in the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering. His research focuses on using solid-binding peptides and two-dimensional, single-atomic layer materials to create biosensors for cancer diagnostics. Richard is passionate about science education, and he's taught science at summer enrichment camps, as well as led nutrition-oriented after-school classes.

Zachary Neale is pursuing his Ph.D. in the UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering. His research focus is on electrode materials for ion batteries. Zachary is a past recipient of several awards from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, including the Allan K-12 Outreach Award, Graduate Mentor Award, Teaching Assistant Award and ASM International Scholarship. 

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Jul 22–Jul 26, 2019

Section A-1
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
May 15 (100%)