Outreach

Being a part of the community

We reach out young students and general public to make polymer science more inclusive to everyone.

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.

Games 2017

We had a great time with the girls from all over US talking about hot ice, memory wire, crystal blending, and liquid crystals!

Games 2015

We had a great time with the girls from all over US talking about hot ice, chocolate writing, and the cool sciences beyond crystallization!

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prof. Ying Diao

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URBANA, IL 61801

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