Materials Engineering


Mies Campus


Rising ninth–12th graders (ages 14–17); some knowledge of chemistry and physics recommended

Program Overview

Students will learn about the major concepts and receive hands-on experiences in fabricating lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and their testing and evaluation, including making components using additive manufacturing equipment, predicting materials properties through computational materials science and engineering methods, characterizing material crystal structure with the aid of X-ray diffractometry, imaging material morphology and size using scanning electron microscopy, and evaluating mechanical properties via tensile tests. These hands-on activities and short lectures will be carried out in four days.

Learning Objectives:

Students will gain factual knowledge of how lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are fabricated, what materials are used, and why. They will also gain factual knowledge of the advantages and challenges of additive manufacturing, how materials can enable additive manufacturing, the effectiveness of materials property prediction via computational materials science and engineering, the critical roles of materials characterization, and testing in advancing engineering materials for energy, electronic, biomedical, automotive, and aerospace engineering.

Example Activities:

Day one will focus on battery fabrication and testing, day two on additive manufacturing, day three on computational materials science and engineering, and day four on materials characterization and testing


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