Outreach

1. Summer 2018 and 2019: Dr. Ebrahimi served as a lecturer and panelist at the “Anything is Possible for Girls in Electrical Engineering (APGEE)” summer camp: a 5-day camp, tailored for girls in grades 7-9 who are interested in Electrical Engineering. All of us in School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science look forward to having more of such activities for our community. Here is a link to our local TV station’s interview with the attendees, Dr. Kane (the organizer), and Dr. Ebrahimi:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBdNWcFyE54

Lindsey volunteered for the Summer 2019 camp:

2. Summer 2018 and 2019: Our lab organized and host a Research Snapshot as part of NSF: MRSEC’s Science & Leadership Camp (hands-on research experience) for high school students. It was a 4 hour activity going through some background overview on the importance of point-of-care diagnostics in healthcare, life in graduate school, and demo of making sensors and measurement. They learned about electrochemical sensors for monitoring neurotransmitters and made a sensor to detect dopamine! Here are some cool pictures:

Derrick and Lindsey are helping a participant setup the sensor in probe station (Summer 2019)

Derrick explaining the setup (Summer 2018)

Lindsey is explaining the electrochemical testing parameters to a participant (Summer 2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Summer 2018: Dr. Ebrahimi was an activity booth leader at Art Fest . My team explained what Graphene is, its unique electrical properties, and how to make graphene layers from graphite (pencil tip), and a lot more! We had undergraduate students (through NSF: REU) and high school students volunteers to help us in the demonstration. It was also a great learning experience for them, from learning about this amazing 2D material to developing/improving their presentation skills to a broad range of audience. Here are some nice pictures:

Take a look at the large-scale, graphene 2D model that the kids made sing gumdrops and toothpicks!

REU and high-school volunteers are explaining what graphene is, how scotch-tape exfoliation works to obtain graphene flakes, and its excellent electrical conductivity to make printable wires.