In May 2019, Brittany Bishop teamed up with the Molecular Engineering Materials Center and UW Science Explorers to develop a hands-on activity for K-12 students about the structure of the materials. The activity included the observation of different natural materials (including shells, opal, butterfly wings and peacock features) and making their own rainbow bookmarks with thin films of nail polish.
From January through June 2018, Brittany Bishop acted as the Education and Training Fellow for the Clean Energy Institute. Through this position, she helped organize and attend over 35 events, including STEM expos, classroom visits, science fairs, and more! Over the course of 6 months, Brittany created her own demos, and was able to interact with and teach thousands of students across Washington state.
In celebration of National Nanotechnology Day, Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) and the Clean Energy Institute (CEI) held the Introduce a Girl to Nano Fair to inspire young girls and women towards a STEM field. At this event, Brittany Bishop created her own exhibit demonstrating the effects of salt on the size and physical properties of gold nanoparticles.
In July, Brittany Bishop and Grant Williamson participated in Science at the Market at the UDistrict Farmers Market. At this event, they explained nanomaterials to the general public, demonstrating the ratio of nanomaterials with everyday objects and discussing the important applications and regulations surrounding nanotechnology. Science at the Market is an event intended to start conversations and engage with people outside of the scientific community.
Once again, the Holmberg Group participated in the annual University of Washington Engineering Discovery Days outreach event. Every year, this two-day program attracts thousands of students, teachers, and families from the Seattle area come to the University of Washington for a variety of hands-on educational activities and exhibits. This year, Holmberg Group members helped with event organization and participated in exhibits demonstrating the effects of non-Newtonian fluids, electrochemical oxidation of titanium for jewelry, ultra-low temperatures on materials, and pressure on alcohol and water.
As a part of the Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES) and the Electrochemical Society (ECS), Brittany Bishop took part in the Enumclaw STEM Expo. At this event, students from the Chemical Engineering department made “enginearrings,” demonstrating the effects of electrochemistry by making rainbow colored earrings from titanium.
2015 – 2016
September and October 2016
As a part of the Clean Energy Institute, Brittany Bishop took part in the Seattle Mini Maker Faire and the Wenatchee Mini Maker Faire. These events offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public. This year, the Clean Energy Institute demonstrated the benefits of solar energy by having solar car races, build your own solar spinners, and exhibits on the benefits of different types of solar devices.
April 2015 and 2016
Each year, the Holmberg Group participates in the annual University of Washington Engineering Discovery Days outreach event. During the two-day program, thousands of students, teachers, and families from the Seattle area come to the University of Washington for a variety of hands-on educational activities and exhibits. This year, Holmberg Group members helped with event organization, and participated in several exhibits demonstrating the effects of ultra-low temperatures on materials, polymerization in water, non-Newtonian fluids, and electrochemical oxidation of titanium for jewelry.