This weekend members of the Maestro lab volunteered at the 2019 Physics & Engineering Festival. The festival attracts over 7,000 people and consists of 200 booths with interactive experiments including two from our lab. This was the fifth year in a roll that we have participated at the festival and we look forward to next year!
Drew Leaton, Patrick Walgren, Pedro Leal, Jacob Schrass, and Jessica Zamarripa showed a wide set of shape memory alloys experiments and applications such as pseudoelastic glass frames, self-folding origami, and others. Our goal was to inspire students and the general public in the area of smart structures and engineering.
Collin Invie (see the first photo) and Hannah Stroud (see the photo below) created two novel experiments as a joint effort with Dr. Shryock for the “Revolutionizing Diversity Of Engineering” project. The experiments showed how two disparate applications, docking of a spacecraft and artery unclogging using a catheter, use the same principles, demonstrating how the same concept can be used for various disciplines.
Thank you for everyone that volunteered!