Penn to Hold Teach-In March 18–22

Starting March 18, Penn students, staff, and faculty will host a reflection on knowledge — how we create it, how we spread it, and how it impacts society.

Building futures through LEGOs

On Feb. 10, approximately 400 middle schoolers from schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania gathered around field models in Houston Hall to watch robots they had built out of LEGOs simulate collecting rain water, helping flowers grow, and putting out fires. The students were participating in the regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament. FLL, a middle school […]

Living in a Material World

On Feb. 3, hundreds of elementary and middle-school aged students and their families gathered around tables for hands-on demonstrations and workshops with themes ranging from “bouncy balls and borax” to “muggle magic.” The demonstrations were part of the eighth annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, a daylong festival hosted this year by Penn’s Laboratory […]

Object-Seeking Robot Wins PennApps XVII

An object-seeking robot took home the grand prize at PennApps XVII, beating more than 150 tech projects developed over the course of a weekend. Hackathon contestants arrive on a Friday afternoon, form teams and come up with ideas for digital apps or hardware hacks, which they must complete before a demo session on Sunday morning. […]

Penn Program Encourages Philadelphia High School Students to ‘Tech It Out’

Last fall, Stefano Yushinski, now an incoming freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, built and programmed his first robot. He, along with about 50 other Philadelphia high school students, was participating in a one-day event through a program called Tech It Out Philly.

6th Annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day

The University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University present the 6th Annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.  This free event, hosted on Saturday, February 6th from 10am – 4pm, presents hands-on, fun and engaging materials science and engineering demos to people of all ages. Details: When: Saturday, February 6th, 2016, 10am – 4pm Where: Drexel […]

MEAM Advanced Manufacturing Workshop

Renewed interest and investment in advanced manufacturing in the United States has opened new opportunities for MEAM in both education and research. On May 21, 2015, the department of Mechanical Engineeirng and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) hosted a one-day workshop to discuss emerging areas and opportunities in advanced manufacturing. The program included talks from leading researchers […]

MEAM Undergraduate Women’s Dinner

On Thursday, March 26, the MEAM Department held a dinner for undergraduate women studying Mechanical Engineering here at Penn. More than thirty students attended, ranging from freshmen to seniors; this is 50% of the women studying MEAM! MEAM professors Katherine Kuchenbecker, Celia Reina, and Paulo Arratia attended, as did Desirae Cesar, the MEAM Undergrad Coordinator, […]

MEAM Students and Faculty in Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day

Students and faculty in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) were active participants in this year’s Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, an event developed to introduce the general public to materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than ever. Each exhibit in the February 5th event was designed to tie […]

Haptics at Penn: A Class of Touch

Inside the Towne Building’s Haptics Lab, members of Team Kuchenbecker are bent over their work stations, completely absorbed in individual projects. A question is raised from one of the benches and soon the dynamic changes: a diverse and interesting mix of doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and high school students gather around a central work table to […]

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