Washington Engineering Institute (WEI) and the
Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
Hands-on Microtechnology in the Classroom (January 13, 2014)
Please join WEI and SCME for a full day of hands-on classroom activities related to STEM and Microtechnology concepts that can easily be incorporated into your existing curricula.
When: Monday, January 13, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Washington Engineering Institute (WEI), Bellingham, WA
The workshop includes the following:
Detailed instruction in microtechnology topics
- Specific information on using classroom kits to teach microtechnology topics
- Coverage of SCME kits' materials and supporting learning modules
- Time to discover how the kits and learning modules meet the STEM standards
- Strategies for incorporating the topics and activities into your curricula
Hands-on Kits Briefly Demonstrated
- Rainbow Wafer Kit (Microfilms in Microtechnology)
- Crystallography in Microtechnology Kit
- DNA Microarray Kit (i.e., GeneChip Model Kit)
Hands-on Kits covered in entirety:
Dynamic Cantilever Activity and Kit
- In this hands-on activity participants discover how microcantilever-based MEMS work in the dynamic mode of operation and how a cantilever's length, width, thickness and material affects its harmonic motion or resonant frequency. Participants simulate a cantilever's operation under various "loads" or mass. SCME's Dynamic Cantilever Kit provides the supplies and instructions for this activity.
Pressure Sensor Model Activity and Kit
- In this hands-on activity participants simulate the operation of a MEMS pressure sensor by building a macro-sized model of a pressure sensor. Workshop topics include analysis of simple series and parallel electronic circuits, the series-parallel Wheatstone bridge circuit, strain gauges, how a MEMS pressure senor works -its applications, and fabrication process. Activities include measuring resistance, voltage and current, comparing the resistivity characteristics of various materials, building a working macro-sized pressure sensor and testing the pressure sensor for changes in voltage due to changes in pressures. This workshop uses SCME's Pressure Sensor Model Kit to provide hands-on learning of many of these activities.
If you would like to attend this workshop, click here for registration.
Click here for the agenda
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4-day SCME Pressure Sensor Cleanroom Workshop
The University of Michigan's Lurie Nanofabrication Facility
in collaboration with
The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education
This workshop at UM LNF is by invitation only
The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to learn how to integrate Microsystems Technology into STEM curriculum. You will learn how to use select SCME’s kits in the classroom and be provided hands-on experience on the process steps for fabricating a MEMS micro-pressure sensor at the University of Michigan's Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) in Ann Arbor Michigan. The SCME is sponsoring this event and has completed the technology transfer to LNF. The SCME has now established the pressure sensor workshop at four locations across the nation, University of New Mexico's MTTC, North Dakota State College of Science's CNTT, USF's NREC, and now UM's LNF.
Direct Links to the learning modules, italicized components indicate kits.
To see a complete set of these Learning Modules - create an account on this website - login and go to the Educational Materials link. Logging in allows you to access not only the student (participant) materials but also the instructor guides, presentations and the like. One item of note is the: Pressure Sensor Fabrication Module. Others include:
- Crystallography Learning Module includes the Silicon Crystal Origami, Breaking Wafers and Miller Index activities within the Instructor Guide, Participant Guide, Overview Presentation, Crystal Silicon Origami Supplement Animation, it is a zipped file so you need to download it, unzip it and then select the .html file to run it.
- The Pressure Sensor Process Learning Module Instructor and Participant guides also include the Process and Lift-off Kits (activities). There is a zip file for the Pressure Sensor Process Presentation you can download and un-zip. There is also an animation which goes through the process as a supplement - it is a zip file and contains additional files to support the animation. Download, unzip and you will see an html file, pdf and presentation files: MEMS Model AC
- Both the, Rainbow Wafer and Anisotropic Etch Kits (Activities) are found in the Etch Overview for Microsystems Learning Module Instructor Guide and Participant Guide. This section also includes the Etch Overview Powerpoint and the Rainbow Wafer Activity presentation.
- The Pressure Sensor Macro Model is part of the Wheatstone Bridge Learning Module Instructor and Participant guide. The Wheatstone Bridge Presentation supports this as well as several additional animations - to be uploaded to the website soon.
- What we often refer to as our DVD Kit: MEMS: Making Micro Machines DVD Learning Module Instructor and Participant guides include three activities for each of the three parts of the film as well as the script.
- MEMS Innovators - We refer you to the "MEMS Innovators" category in our document management system. We only cover this in the 5-day workshops, however, you may wish to also consider this for your students.
Click on our YouTube Chanel link! There are animations/videos explaining many of the concepts you will learn in this workshop.
You may wish to veiw additional, detailed information on all our kits, click on: Kit Listing
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:
As MEMS applications become more and more omni present - there are more and more MEMS videos to watch. This blog is intended for me to share cool videos I find in my day to day work as a Microsystems (MEMS) educator. If you find a video you would like me to add - by all means send me the link! Check out the Video Links for other topics related to Micro/Nano technologies!
Microsampling Air Pollution - two MEMS based systems linked to an Android phone - tracking local environment of the user as he moves about throughout the day!