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Check out our latest publication "Teach MEMS On a Tight Budget" - March Issue of Tech Directions! This was a colalboratively written article between Matthias Pleil and G.H. Massiha. "GH" attended one of SCME's pressure sensor cleanroom workshops at our Univeristy of South Florida partner site. GH uses and advocates the use of SCME materials in STEM classes.
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- An Introduction to DNA Microarrays
- DNA Microarray Fabrication - very cool, one process by Nimble Gen uses TI's DMD in maskless lithography!
- How does a DNA Microarray work?
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During the spring of 2014, SCME is hosting a series of microtechnology workshops. These workshops focus on classroom activities related to STEM and microtechnology concepts that can easily be incorporated into your existing curricula. All workshops are held on a Saturday at the University of New Mexico's South Campus, 800 Bradbury SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Each workshop includes the following:
- Detailed instruction in microtechnology topics
- Specific information on using classroom kits/activities to teach microtechnology topics
- Complete coverage of the kit material and supporting learning modules
- Time to discover how the kits/activities and learning modules meet the STEM and NGSS standards
- Strategies for incorporating the topics and activities into your curricula.
Following are brief descriptions of the workshops:
Pressure Sensor Model Workshop – Part II: February 22, 2014 (9:00 am – noon)
This workshop is opened ONLY to instructors who have completed a previous SCME Pressure Sensor Model workshop in which they built a macro-sized pressure sensor model using SCME’s Pressure Sensor Model Kit.
This workshop allows instructors to further explore the pressure sensor model as a teaching tool in the classroom. Instructors will use a pre-built pressure sensor model to develop a calibration curve. They will also have the opportunity to talk to instructors that have used this kit in their classrooms. In an attempt to decrease the implementation time for this material, time will be provided for instructors to develop a complete lesson plan identifying standards, objectives, and procedures.
DNA Microarray Workshop – Part II: February 22, 2014 (1:00 pm – 4 pm)
This workshop is opened ONLY to instructors who have completed a previous SCME DNA Microarray or GeneChip workshop in which they setup and interpret a model of a DNA microarray.
This workshop allows instructors to further explore the DNA microarray kit as a teaching tool in the classroom. Instructors will use the DNA microarray kit to redesign the masks for different DNA sequences and redesign the targets for new gene identification. Instructors will also have the opportunity to talk to instructors that have used this kit in their classrooms. In an attempt to decrease the implementation time for this material, time will be provided for instructors to develop a complete lesson plan identifying standards, objectives, and procedures.
All About BioMEMS Workshop, March 8, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a variety of material related to microtechnology and MEMS devices in the medical field, as well as biological concepts that are exploited by such devices. Participants will become familiar with SCME’s bioMEMS series of learning modules and will complete a variety of activities found within these learning modules. Activities include the role of DNA and proteins in micro-sized devices, biomolecules and their functions in bioMEMS, and explorations and presentations about specific bioMEMS used for diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical laboratory applications.
Fabricating a MEMS Pressure Sensor (Simulation), March 22, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a complete 10 step process used to fabricate a micro-sized pressure sensor. Topics include a review of deposition, photolithography and etch processes, and how these processes are applied in the fabrication of a MEMS device. Activities include identifying actual processed chips that show each step of the fabrication process, completing the lift-off process on actual metal-deposited chips, and building a model or computer graphic that illustrates the fabrication steps and the correct sequence. This workshop uses SCME's Pressure Sensor Process Kit and Lift-off Kit to provide hands-on learning for many of these activities.
Micro-Devices (MEMS) : How Do They Work? April 5, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
NOTE: To get the most out of this workshop and this kit, it is best that you already have a basic knowledge of MEMS and MEMS fabrication processes. This is NOT an introductory workshop.
This workshop covers a variety of different micro-sized components (e.g., accelerometers, surface acoustical wave devices (SAWs), cantilevers arrays, microfluidic components), how they are used and the different micro-machining processes that are used to fabricate them. The majority of the time in this workshop is spent working in teams to build a three-dimensional model of a micro-sized component that addresses a specific application. In addition to creating a model, each team develops an outline of a fabrication process that could be used to build the device. This workshop uses SCME’s MEMS Innovators Kit to complete the activity.
Weights and Measures and Scale, April 26, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a variety of topics related specifically to the micro and nano-scales. Topics include the history of weights and measures, the development of the metric system, unit conversions, and a comparison and exploration of the macro to the nano-scales. Activities include converting from metric to English and vice versa, solving mathematical calculations that apply to specific MEMS applications, working with objects ranging from the macro to the nano-scale, and exploring the use of a scanning electron microscope to “see” at the micro-scale.
To register for any of these workshops, please click here to complete this registration form.
Class size is limited. Register NOW. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.
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SCME co-Hosts the 2013 Sandia National Laboratories MEMS Design Competition
The SCME co-hosted the 2013 Sandia National Laboratories MEMS design competition at the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center on May 14. A dozen educational institutions presented, half of which where Mexican universities and technical colleges.
SCME’s Matt Pleil mentored a hybrid team from Albuquerque consisting of students from CNM and East Mountain High School. CNM’s Kyle McWethy, led this team. His design of the MEMS Robotic Arm earned the team an honorable mention in the Novel Design Category. Rebecca Brink and Audrey Campbell from East Mountain High School, was mentored by Olga Vasquez, their science teacher. Olga has been collaborating with SCME since it start and has taken all of the MEMS courses offered at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). The MEMS courses at CNM are part of the Advanced System Technologies program, one of these is MEMS Design. The Albuquerque team is the only team consisting of community college and high school students. This is quite an accomplishment considering that all the other team consisted of University and Technical College engineering undergraduate and graduate students.
The competition was robust with US entries from Carnegie Mellon, Texas Tech University, Airforce Institute of Technology, University of Utah and Mexican presentations from Universidad Veracruzana, University of Guadalajara, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, and Centro de Ingenieria y Desarrollo Industrial (CIDESI).
For an additional article on the competition see:
For information on University MEMS Design Competition, see: