Being a part of the community
We reach out young students and general public to make polymer science more inclusive to everyone.
Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science) 2023
Tiara led a Recycling Workshop for Cena y Ciencias (Supper and Science) at the Urbana Middle School catered to students from ages 4-11. Students learned about the real value of upcycling by making robots out of recycled materials. They also saw a demonstration of upcycling plastics, using shredded polyethylene and a plastic molding machine customized for this activity.
CURIE Summer Camp 2022
Tiara, Siqing, Kavin and Changhyun led a activity for 20 high school students at the CURIE summer camp 2021. Students made different polymophs of chocolates and learned the science behind shape memory alloys through a hands-on experiment. You can find out more about the CURIE Summer Camp here.
Cena y Ciencias(Supper and Science) 2021
Gonzalo led a workshop called “Taller de Insectos” (Spanish for “Insects workshop”), in this activity at Meadowbrook Park, he taught K-12 children how to catch and identify common regional insects using visual aids and Google Lens. He also promoted another activity called “Biologos por un dia” (Spanish for “Biologists for a day”) and used the same tools to teach children regional flowers housed at Anita Purves Nature Center and Busey Woods. In both occasions, epidemiologists from UIUC were brought to supplement lessons with the importance of vaccination and safety during COVID-19.
CURIE Summer Camp 2021
Azzaya led a virtual activity for 25 high school students at the CURIE summer camp 2021. Students made different polymophs of chocolates and learned the science behind shape memory alloys through a hands-on experiment. You can find out more about the CURIE Summer Camp here.
Cena y Ciencias(Supper and Science) 2020
Gonzalo led a workshop called “Crystals hidden in your kitchen” in Cena y Ciencias(Spanish for “Supper and Science”) to engage with the Hispanic/Latino bilingual community in the Urbana Public School District. Gonzalo taught them the ice-cream making process. Read more at Illinois I-STEM News.
Coronavirus Aid 2020
Our group is 3D printing facemasks for donation to local and Chicago hospitals. Thanks to Bijal Patel for leading this project and for creating the initiative of Champaign Community COVID Relief (CCCR)! Many of our group members contributed; thanks in particular to Daniel Davies, Prapti Kafle, Zhuang Xu who volunteered for the production effort. We are grateful for the financial support of our department to make this happen. Check out the CCCR website and ChBE website for more details.
ChBE Women-Focused Camp 2019
We led crystal making activities for ChBE Women-Focused Camp! High school girls greatly enjoyed 3D printed chocolates, hot ice making, playing with shape memory materials and liquid crystal drawing board!
Cena y Ciencias(Supper and Science) 2018
Prapti designed and led polymer activities in Cena y Ciencias(Spanish for “Supper and Science”) at Dr. Preston Williams Elementary School in Urbana, organized by Illinois MRSEC. Read more at Illinois I-STEM News.
We had a great time with the girls from all over US talking about hot ice, memory wire, crystal blending, and liquid crystals!
We had a great time with the girls from all over US talking about hot ice, chocolate writing, and the cool sciences beyond crystallization!
Diao Research Group
164 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.,
Urbana, IL 61801
prof. Ying Diao
213 ROGER ADAMS LABORATORY
600 S. MATHEWS AVE.,
URBANA, IL 61801
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