Newsflash: 2nd Quarter, 2012 Silicon wafer orders are up 2.3% compared to last year for the Semiconductor Industry (does not include solar applications) according to SEMI. This bodes well for our Microsystems Technician and engineering students. Wafer Fab construction is also on the rise.
Microsystems Cleanroom Workshop for STEM Instructors
Chippewa Valley Technical College Nanofabrication Facility August 4-7, 2014
This workshop is by Invitation Only
If you wish to be considered - Contact either Matthias Pleil or John Wagner
The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to learn how to integrate Microsystems Technology into STEM curriculum. You will learn how to use select SCME’s kits in the classroom and be provided hands-on experience on the process steps for fabricating a MEMS micro-pressure sensor at Chippewa Valley Technical College's (CVTC) Nanofabrication Center located in Eau Claire, Wisconson. The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) is sponsoring this event and has completed the technology transfer to CVTC. The SCME has now established the pressure sensor workshop at multiple locations across the nation, University of New Mexico's MTTC, North Dakota State College of Science's CNTT, USF's NREC, University of Michigan's LNF, and now CVTC's Nanofrabrication Facility.
Would you like to experience creating an actual working micro-pressure sensor in a research cleanroom and bring this experience back to your classroom? This is for you!
In this class, you will learn about pressure sensors and will build a micro-pressure sensor in an actual research cleanroom.
This workshop includes:
- hands-on cleanroom processing in the CVTC cleanroom
- classroom instruction on pressure sensors and the manufacturing process. Cleanroom safety training.
- brainstorming, networking and coaching on how this material can be used in your classroom
- using SCME’s educational kits - You will be trained how to bring these cleanroom processes into the classroom.
When? Four-day workshop August 4-7 2013 (8 AM-5 PM daily).
Where? Eau Claire, WI Chippewa Valley Technical College, Nanofabrication Facility (CVTC).
The facility is located at the MEC Campus on Alpine Road.
Who? Taught by subject matter experts Dr. Matt Pleil and Dr. John Wagner's Team, including Kurt Carlson and Hans Mikelson
Why? STEM educators can strongly impact workforce education during the first two years of a student’s college experience. Educators may adapt and adopt the materials and sensor concepts of this workshop to immediately impact their classroom and facilitate their student’s pathway to STEM careers.
Cost and Scholarships: Tuition is waived, sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program for accepted pre- registrants.
Travel expenses, lodging, meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant or the participant's institution.
SCME will provide a limited number of scholarships to accepted preregistered participants to cover your registration and lab fees and provide free educational material; total value over $2000.
Scholarship funds will be sent following completion of the workshop:
• STEM educators who live close enough to CVTC to commute daily will receive a $300 stipend. Scholarships are ample enough to cover your transportation, meals and incidental expenses.
Please complete the online registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F3S9ZKW
Click here for: Agenda and Prep Materials
SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
For more information, contact
The SCME is funded by National Science Foundation Department of Undergraduate Education, DUE 1205138 in collaboration with the University of New Mexico.
Duncan McClure, a graduate student in the NSMS program at UNM, joined the SCME as a project assistant. He is working on the Industry Survey/Mapping project.
Duncan is very active in bringing students and indsustry together. He has started a really good blog and I invite all the educators and students to have a look: "TheNanoStudent"
During the summer of 2014, SCME is hosting a series of microtechnology workshops. These workshops focus on classroom activities related to STEM and microtechnology concepts that can easily be incorporated into your existing curricula. All workshops are held on a Friday at the University of New Mexico's South Campus, 800 Bradbury SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Each workshop includes the following:
- Detailed instruction in microtechnology topics
- Specific information on using classroom kits/activities to teach microtechnology topics
- Complete coverage of the kit material and supporting learning modules
- Time to discover how the kits/activities and learning modules meet the STEM and NGSS standards
- Strategies for incorporating the topics and activities into your curricula.
Following are brief descriptions of the workshops:
A Systematic Approach to Problem Solving – July 18, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
NOTE: To get the most out of this workshop, it is best that you already have a basic knowledge of MEMS and MEMS fabrication processes. This is NOT an introductory workshop. If you do not have any knowledge of MEMS fabrication processes, please view the YouTube videos listed below the workshop description prior to attending the workshop.
In this workshop participants learn a six-step approach to problem solving, as well as to explore their ability to think outside of the box and think creatively. Participants will apply this six-step process to solve a real-life problem as well as a process problem that could occur in a microtechnology fabrication facility. In solving the problems, participants will use a variety of problem-solving tools such as brainstorming, flowcharts, proper questioning techniques, scatter plots and control charts. This workshop will help instructors learn how to incorporate problem-solving into any STEM curriculum.
To provide a better workshop experience, please view the following YouTube videos prior to July 18. Each video is less than 15 minutes.
You could also read through the related learning modules if you have time. To download the related learning modules, go to MEMS Fabrication Topics.
All About BioMEMS Workshop, August 1, 2014 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)
This workshop covers a variety of material related to microtechnology and MEMS devices in the medical field, as well as biological concepts that are exploited by such devices. Participants will become familiar with SCME’s bioMEMS series of learning modules and will complete a variety of activities found within these learning modules. Activities include the role of DNA and proteins in micro-sized devices, biomolecules and their functions in bioMEMS, and explorations and presentations about specific bioMEMS used for diagnostics, therapeutics and clinical laboratory applications.
Prior to the workshop, you should preview the list and the BioMEMS Overview Learning Module.
To register for any of these workshops, please click here: Workshop Registration.
Class size is limited. Register NOW. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.
Check out our latest publication "Teach MEMS On a Tight Budget" - March Issue of Tech Directions! This was a colalboratively written article between Matthias Pleil and G.H. Massiha. "GH" attended one of SCME's pressure sensor cleanroom workshops at our Univeristy of South Florida partner site. GH uses and advocates the use of SCME materials in STEM classes.
SCME Breaks 110,000 Educational Material Downloads in April 2014!!!
We have seen continuous growth in the number of educational materials downloads per month. Over 110,000 document downloads have been completed since 2009. These numbers have been corrected for redundant downloads. This is coupled with the trend of increasing unique web visitors and download bandwidth graphs below.