CMI Education and Outreach in 2016

four images from CMI solar installation workshop

CMI education and outreach offered Solar Installation Workshop to highlight the process of installing a solar panel at the Colorado School of Mines museum, which powers part of the Critical Materials Exhibit.

In addition to monthly webinars, CMI education and outreach in 2016 includes:

  • CMI offered a Solar Installation Workshop on December 12, including more than two dozen people from Red Rocks Community College and Colorado School of Mines. RRCC Instructor Troy Wanek (Solar Energy Environments owner and solar installer), shared details of a solar install on a government building. He led the group through the install process, including an outdoor walk-through of the solar panel exhibit, which ended at the indoor power connection to the phosphor and efficient lighting components of the Critical Materials Exhibit. The unique solar panel installation at the CSM Geology Museum began from the donation of a CdTe solar panel (from First Solar) and a CIGS panel (from EPRI; made by Solar Frontier). These two panels (CdTe and CIGS) were installed and now power a portion of the Critical Materials exhibit inside the museum, creating the first working solar photovoltaic module system at Mines.
  • Three teachers presented for CMI at the “Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development” on November 18. The conference venue hosts hands-on science education sessions for hundreds of teachers from across the state.
  • M-STEM brings together students, faculty and business from 20 states to strengthen understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) principles, especially relating to materials science, and to enhance K-20 technology education integration. At the M-STEM 2016, held in Tulsa OK, at the Tulsa Tech. Conference Center, November 6-8, two teachers presented their work with CMI and the CMI toolkit, then shared their designed lessons on Phosphors and Lithium Ion Batteries as they related to the tool kit. The audience of 15 teachers for the 2-hour presentation were invited to stop by the CMI vendor table to discuss further classroom applications.
  • Colorado School of Mines offered inner city sixth graders an introduction to college on July 7. The 160 sixth graders and 20 teachers and parents joined 10 REU student volunteers and six presenters at Mines. The tour included a welcome from CMI, chemistry show by Dr. Jim Horan and three 30-minute rotations to the museum and labs for six different groups. These included information from CMI about magnets and rare earths, a Geology Trail walk and a tour of the CMI exhibit in the Mines museum.
  • Colorado School of Mines offered a special CMI exhibit tour to invited Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on campus. The REUs were asked to think about how current research they are conducting at Mines or their resident universities might contribute to advanced technologies and/or CMI research. Total: 18 participants.
  • CMI Director Alex King provided a guest lecture on Critical Materials and Clean Energy Technologies to 50 undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs and faculty at CalTech, Feb. 24.
  • Colorado School of Mines delivered a successful National Engineers Week event for 150 high school students and 30 other guests. This included a tour of the CMI exhibit at the geology museum, Feb. 23. link to Mines story with several pictures
  • To train and prepare professionals in the field, CMI offered a post doctoral/graduate student professional meeting at Colorado School of Mines, with 43 grad/postdoc presenters from five national laboratories and seven universities, Feb. 3-4.
  • Grand opening for museum exhibit dedicated to critical materials in the Geology Museum of the Colorado School of Mines, Feb. 4. This museum attracts more than 39,000 visitors per year. Additional information on this exhibit, as well as reports on how to create this type of exhibit, are available online. Link to Mines news release

collage of three photos during CMI graduate and post doctoral professional meeting.

To train and prepare future professionals, CMI education and outreach offered a postdoc/grad student professional meeting at Colorado School of Mines, with more than 40 presentations offered during the two-day meeting in February.

Earlier CMI education and outreach:

Examples of other youth education and outreach at CMI partners:

CMI outreach with inner city youth

CMI education and outreach offered inner city sixth graders an introduction to college.