Interested In STEM? Social Media Paths Into Materials Science, STEM, 3D Printing

Social media provides a terrific way for students to keep up with their peers and academic concepts as they progress in their chosen degree and field. It also gives educators the means to engage at deeper levels with students, but also to simply see what others are doing and how that might impact teaching and mentoring.

There are so many groups, pages and messaging opportunities within Facebook, LinkedIn Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and informal groups within ad hoc group messaging or via a Slack Channel, the increasingly popular collaboration hub. There is no shortage of social outlets where you can advance your knowledge of your chosen career or interest area.

The TEAMM Network works to keep up with its member’s activities on social media. Many of the educators and institutions within the TEAMM Network are deeply involved with finding ways to share their expertise in STEM fields. Here are a few:

♦ Our sister organization, The National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU) is a NSF funded center housed at Edmonds Community College, recently created a new Facebook page curating the latest Materials Science innovations.

♦ TEAMM Network member, Dr. Ismail Fidan at Tennessee Technological University, started a LinkedIn Group called STEM ER[Educators & Researchers] that is filled with well over 36,000 members, many are quite active. “’STEM Educators & Researchers’ group links the research and education professionals in ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ fields.”

♦ 500-plus educators connect on the 3D Printers in the Classroom Facebook group and it is worth a visit for creative ideas and to learn how others integrate 3D (and materials) into their classrooms. On a more international basis, 3D Printing Industry runs an active and popular Facebook page for keeping up with the latest news and tech reviews.

This short video showcases just a few recent posts highlighting how the sharing of information can be a good thing to keep you “in the know.” If you are actively running a social media group or page of some type on materials science, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, please email us with a link and some details.

Additional Resources: Here are three excellent blog posts on how educators are integrating social media (or not) into their classrooms.

  1. What Do Statistics Reveal About Educators and Social Media? (this post was highlighted in the short video in this post.)
  2. Social Media Classroom Use & Statistics
  3. Some Interesting Statistics & Facts on Social Media in Education You Must Know

Advanced Materials and 3D Printing at World Economic Forum

Davos.

Each year, thousands of people gather at Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF). With a theme that impacts our AM News readers this year (and beyond), Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we wanted to encourage you to look at two priority areas for WEF: advanced materials and 3D printing.

We compiled and shared this short overview video on our Materials Education Facebook page (come visit, like our page, and learn more about materials science):

The World Economic Forum is looking at the large, global picture of society and business. But their research initiatives are well-funded and reveal many details that can help you in your educational endeavors, both for teachers and students. We encourage you to dig in on their Advanced Materials page as well as the one on 3D Printing. We will continue to share insights and new findings here as we uncover them.

According to the WEF site, “Participants drawn from all over the world and from every sphere of influence: business, government, civil society, academia, arts and culture, and media… Leaders and luminaries including Sir David Attenborough, Shinzo Abe, Angela Merkel, Prince William, and Jacinda Ardern will gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2019.”

Although the 2019 event is now done, the WEF continues to work on a variety of important issues, from the above-linked Materials work to other important topics aimed at building a better global future.

NOTE: Of course, you can also find many news updates and resources on the pages of the TEAMM website and in our regular AM News posts, particularly this one on 3D Printing training for teachers via the TTU AM-WATCH program

Tennessee Tech University Announces Spring Lecture Series for Additive Manufacturing

For the last several years, the Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) has created and hosted the Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Lecture Series. Dr. Ismail Fidan finds timely topics and the experts who can share about them for the virtual seminars.

Additively Innovative Lecture Series Spring 2019 TTU

The Spring 2019 series begins in early February and here are the details. Students, teachers, and interested participants are welcome to join in from 11 to 11:30 a.m. CST. With a web browser, you can join from anywhere via this Zoom (web conferencing) link.

Here are the upcoming spring lectures:

  • Thursday, Feb. 7: The Phantom Hole Technique, Improving Structural Performance in FFF/FDM 3D Printed Products with Eric N. Wooldridge, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at Somerset Community College, Kentucky.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21: Understanding Powder Bed Additive Manufacturing with Josh Dennis, Area Representative – South Central Region, Texas, EOS North America.
  • Thursday, March 28: Preparing Your Model for 3D Printing with Adam Wills, Master II Instructor, Computer Aided Design Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Nashville
  • Thursday, April 18: Project iGen: Using Additive Manufacturing for Service Learning with Amy Fricks, Math Teacher, DeKalb County High School, Tennessee.

We have written about the other Golden Eagle series events and you can learn more about them or watch/listen to previous talks by visiting the post: Additively Innovative Lecture Series At TTU – FALL 2018 where there are links to the past presentations (over two dozen presentations are archived).

Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Virtual Lecture Series is partially funded by the NSF Award 1601587, “AM-WATCH: Additive Manufacturing-Workforce Advancement Training Coalition and Hub”.

Upcoming Materials In Stem (M-STEM) Workshop At University Of Alabama at Birmingham

Rockets and toothpicks do not seem to be related, but at this year’s upcoming M-STEM Workshop, hosted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, STEM educators will find out how each one of these topics, plus many others, can help educators share how materials science can weave into every aspect of learning.

Over three decades, Materials in STEM (M-STEM), has served as a resource and aid to educators looking to add new ideas, hands-on projects and experiments, demonstrations and keynotes from professionals and other educators. During this two day, intensive workshop, on November 5 and 6, 2018, participants will gather to interact and connect with a wide range of experts. Three of the most popular past sessions will return for the 2018 event:

  • The Toothpick Factory
  • Teachers with Torches
  • Engineering Rockets

Each session is packed with ideas educators can take directly back to their classrooms and put into action to help students fall in love with STEM topics.

  • Motivating the Unmotivated Learner with STEM
  • Designing Features for Datums (related to 3D printing parts and projects)
  • Damping and Insulative Properties of Natural Fiber Composites
  • Practical Polymers
  • Nano Materials, Light and Water

The program is ideal for secondary and post-secondary faculty. In addition to the keynotes and sessions, there will be a Student Posters exhibit highlighting UAB student work in materials.

M-STEM is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under a larger grant project known as the The National Resource Center for Materials Science Technology Education (MatEdU) based at Edmonds Community College in Washington State.

Register for the M-STEM Workshop here

This year’s event is held at the UAB Hill Student Center (picture above). You can check out the building map here or move around in the 3D photos on Google Maps to look at more photos of the Hill Student Center and the UAB surrounding campus.

Here are a couple of area attractions that participants might find interesting as well:

  • The Civil Rights Tour – Birmingham is one of the most influential locations of the Civil Rights Movement and a visitor could easily fill several days touring important sites.
  • Vulcan Park and Museum with the world’s largest cast iron statue

 

Online Event for Boosting STEM Success for Women

The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Sciences (IWITTS) is hosting an online seminar called the STEM Success for Women Telesummit this week April 24 through April 26 (and last week, April 17-19).

The conference features 15 top expert practitioners and educators who have successfully recruited and retained female and underserved students in STEM and CTE programs, sharing their step-by-step *recipes* for how they achieved this. The event is free and registration information is here.

Donna Milgram, executive director for IWITTS, reminds potential attendees, “Don’t worry if you can’t make all of the sessions. When you register for the Telesummit, you get access to the recordings and written transcripts of every session.”

While TEAMM focuses on Additive Manufacturing and Materials Science, many of the grants and projects fall under the broader STEM focus. The telesummit opening session “Recruitment: Infusing Joy into STEM” attracted our attention because Mark Evans, an Instructor and Program Chair of Emerging Technologies at Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia uses 3D printing (among other methods/technology) in his Emerging Technology program.

“We do a lot with 3D modeling and 3D printing. In fact our intro course EMTX 1000: Tech-Driven Problem Solving relies heavily on the students learning Blendr and then making models they will then print on our 3D printers here at Athens Technical College. I worked closely with Carol Stanley, the college librarian to create a space called the “TecKnOWL0gy” NEST (specific OWL spelling intentional; see below for more on the Nest).”

You can read the full speaker schedule and STEM session abstracts here in PDF form.

The program bulletin describes Mark Evan’s session: “How He Boosted Female Enrollment in Emerging Technology from 6% to 82%. He went from only 1 female student to 15 in his Emerging Technology class the very next semester. In Fall 2016, Athens Tech awarded nearly half of the forty-three certificates in Video Game Design & Development to women. Learn how Mark used drones and Sphero robots along with other fun strategies to engage prospective students.”

According to the Athens Technical College website, the Nest is: a lab and development space with software and equipment supporting 3D printing, multimedia design, mobile and game development, video production, coding/programming, electronics, and other technology. The “Nest” provides current students, faculty, and staff a safe space to learn and explore these technologies. The purpose of it is to support and enhance learning by sparking students’ interest in emerging technologies. The name ties in “technology,” “know,” and “owl”—the college mascot. “Nest” gives students a safe space to learn and explore.

Don’t miss signing up for the second half of the STEM Success for Women Telesummit.