2016 CT Invention Convention Event (04/30/2016)
Tasoglu Lab participated the 2016 Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) event. The event was open to K-8 students statewide to develop, encourage, and enhance critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. The ultimate goal of CIC is to provide the children of Connecticut with opportunities to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through invention and innovation, instilling the creative spirit in students today and for the rest of their lives. “Our goal is to have every child, in every school district become an inventor at least once, better twice.” (link)
2016 Joule Fellowship Program (07/05/2016 – 08/12/2016)
This Fellowship gives K-14 teachers from across Connecticut access to an intensive six-week summer engineering research program, and continued engagement throughout the school year. The Joule Fellows Program is a National Science Foundation funded research training event that allows high school and community college STEM teachers to work in a laboratory with UConn researchers. Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, $1,500 in classroom materials, and reimbursement for travel expenses. There are also workshops and networking opportunities, so that past and current fellows can interact.
Two fellows, Celeste Estevez (Tolland Middle School) and William Eller (Smith Middle School), are working with Dr. Savas Tasoglu and two Tasoglu Lab graduate student buddies, Reza Amin and Stephanie Knowlton on “3D printing of Inexpensive, Portable, Cell-phone Based Microscopy and Cell Separator as an Educational Tool”. (link1) (link2)