November 2, 2005

The Education and Outreach Exposition held at the Energy Coast and Environment Building on Thursday, July 28, 2005, introduced students, teachers, researchers and the general public to science, technology, engineering and mathematics as future career choices. The day was filled with presentations, hands-on science demonstrations, a “kidz zone" and poster session.

Co-sponsors and collaborators included the Center for BioModular Multiscale Systems (CBM ^2), Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Howard Hughes Medical Initiative (HHMI), National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

The exposition allowed K-12 teachers to discover resources for STEM classroom support and researchers the opportunity to learn about NSF Education and Outreach requirements and local resources for Education and Outreach collaboration and support. Presentations were given by Isiah Warner, Vice Chancellor, LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives, Mary Manhein, Director, LSU Faces Lab, Dr. Henry Blount, Head, Office of Multidisciplinary Activities, Dr. Brenda Nixon, Assistant Director, LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, and Sheri Wishchusen, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research, BASC.

LSU College of Engineering Director of Alumni & External Affairs Tammy Abshire attended the exposition with her son Mark Abshire, where the two paired up for a circuits experiment involving open and closed circuits. “Mark,” who is 12, “wants to be an electrical engineering when he grows up, so this exposition was an excellent opportunity for him to dabble in the field in a professional but fun environment,” said Abshire.

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