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Animation and Mirages @ Highland Garden Elementary

On March 10th froIMG_0886m 1pm-3pm, the CIAN team from Tuskegee University conducted an outreach event at Highland Garden Elementary School, in Montgomery AL. About fifty-five 4th and 5th grade students were provided with overview of optics, more specifically the application of mirrors. Also in attendance were seven teachers and two administrators who learned alongside the students in some cases. The students were divided into five groups of eleven students each. All student participants did hands-on work using the Animation Praxinoscope and Mirage kits from the CIAN backpack and were supervIMG_0890ised by CIAN students. Participants gained an increased interest and awareness in optics and some other STEM areas. They also learned to explain
seemingly difficult everyday optical phenomena using scientific concepts.

AL High Schools Visit CIAN @Tuskegee

On December 10, 2013, the CIAN team at Tuskegee University (TU) hosted a day-long academic workshop, focusing on basic principles of electrical engineering. There were a total of 45 participants (junior and senior high school students) divided into three groups. For each group of 15 students, a 1 hr 45 min session was conducted consisting of a 20 min tour of the Microelectronics Lab facilities and cleanroom and an introduction to CIAN. Subsequently, the CIAN team at TU led the participants to complete several challenging hands-on activities on electronic learning boards.

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Science Saturday at the Library

The Wheeler Taft Abbett Library in Marana, AZ invited CIAN at the University of Arizona to host a Science Saturday for library patrons. We had over 25 guests that came to learn about the many moons of the solar system. We had a variety of activities that taught about different moons and also aspects of moons. A cratering activity gave participants the opportunity to create their own craters and learn about the differences size and velocity will make on the resultant crater. We also taught how to tell the approximate age of a crater when looking at pictures, played “Moons of the Solar System” bingo, and much much more.

Two young future scientists even told us after the event that they hoped to be stargazers when they grow up.

Pictures of the event, taken by library staff, are shown below.

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