Polymer Field Trip

Polymers 1
November 16, 2017
Kasey Adelman

Level II Engineering Academy students took part in STEM based activities at the International Elastomer Conference hosted at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. Students were exposed to the business world of elastomers with two speaker presentations from current professionals detailing their life experiences in the world of plastics. They then participated in the hands-on polymer work shown in the photos. Students used some of the same materials they actually test in the Polymer Rotation of the Engineering Academy. After a session of experimentation and debriefing on the polymers they were using, students were given special access to the International Elastomer Conference EXPO floor. Here, students participated in a scavenger hunt to obtain special stamps from the vendors present, where they saw large scale testing equipment in action. Some of the exact testing equipment was on-hand that we use in our Polymer Lab and students could talk to the vendors about their lab use of it.

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