Have you ever wondered where the term "MEMS" came from?

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Click Here:  A brief history of the term Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

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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.

Deposition Overview - Part I

Deposition Overview - Part II

Photolithography Overview for MEMS

Etch Processes for Microsystems - Part I

Etch Processes for Microsystems - Part II

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.

For more information, contact Anna Garden via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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