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Dr. Pleil with Student at the MTTC
Teaching students about Microsystems Fabrication
Barbara Lopez at the MTTC
Teaching students the importance of safety in the clean room
Mathew, Olivia and Andy
Developing the chamber (backside) pressure sensor pattern
Olivia in the MTTC
Olivia is an EET student from Ivy Tech learning about MEMS fabrication
March Reactive Ion Etcher
Etching the Silicon Nitride hard mask
Rick and Andy using the March RIE
Rick and Andy etching the backside chamber mask pattern into the silicon nitride hard mask.
Rick using the |dq|AAA|dq| rule
Rick from Rio Salado learning how to fabricate a MEMS Pressure Sensor at UNM's MTTC cleanroom
SCME PS Workshop
Team Work during the SCME 8/2015 PS Workshop
Metal Evaporation
SCME Workshop - Cr/Au evaporation

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

Read J.E. Wood's account:

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

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Hands-Online Microsystems Academy

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The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) 
invites you to register for courses in the Hands-online Microsystems Academy 
for high school, community college, and university educators
  1. Career Pathways for Microtechnology (~5 hours) - available NOW!
  2. Crystallography/Bulk Micromachining (~6.5-10.5 hours) - available March 1
  3. Microcantilevers - available April 1
  4. BioMEMS Applications - available May 1
  5. Micro Pressure Sensors - available June 1
  6. Science of Thin Films - available July 1
See http://ow.ly/XB1Fn  for complete details and course descriptions.
All courses are asynchronous; once a course becomes available, you can work at your own pace and stop and start at any time. Tuition is paid by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 
REGISTER NOW:  http://ow.ly/XB26o 

Each Hands-online course contains all of the support materials you need (activities, videos, reading materials) to integrate a basic microtechnology concept into your STEM classes.
How will Hands-online help me in the classroom?
  • Receive personalized instruction from SCME. SCME will work with you online on how to use the materials, coach you one-on-one, and answer your questions.
  • Excite your students about a rewarding career in microtechnology.
  • Teach basic STEM concepts by using real applications of those concepts.
  • Your responsibility? Give SCME feedback on your and your students' classroom experiences.
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Fall 2014 Workshop Series

DNA Microarrays and Crystallography

During the fall of 2014, SCME is hosting two microtechnology workshops for high school and college instructors.  These workshops focus on classroom activities related to STEM and microtechnology concepts that can easily be incorporated into your existing curricula.  Both workshops are held on a Saturday 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:

Read more: Fall 2014 Workshop Series

USF January 2013 Pressure_Sensor_Workshop


3-day SCME Pressure Sensor Cleanroom Workshop at

The University of South Florida

in collaboration with

The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education

This workshop was offered January 2 - 4th, 2013 

This workshop at USF is by invitation only.  If you want to be invited, contact Matt Pleil and fill out the application form.

Read more: USF January 2013 Pressure_Sensor_Workshop

ATMAE 2012 - SCME Presentations

ATMAE Conference - A Success!

Click to get: Presentations for Download

Check out the ATMAE Website

Session I

What are MEMS and Why a 2yr Tech Program Should Care?

Session II

How are MEMS Made? The Pressure Sensor Process Kit and Understanding Microfabrication Processes in the Classroom.

The SCME Pressure Sensor Process Kit - Understanding Microfabrication Processes in the Classroom

Session III

Building a Micro Pressure Sensor in the STEM Classroom

Wheatstone Bridge Overview - Applied Approach!

Make sure you explore the Educational Materials to download the corresponding learning modules.  If you create an account - you will also have access to educator materials including learning module instructor guides, and powerpoint files.  

Check out our SCME YouTube channel as well!


SCME Workshop at MATEd's 2012 NEW Conference

SCME will be presenting a two-part workshop and presenting our wares at MATEd's NEW Conference being held at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne Indiana.  We encourage all attending to come by our showcase booth and attend the workshop.  See the Schedule at a Glance on the Conference Website.  The SCME Workshop is entitled "Building a Micro Pressure Sensor in the STEM Classroom"

Browse SCME's Educational materials from the drop down menu!

Create an account to see more! (PowerPoints, Instructor Guides....)

Download our Catalogue!

Make sure you visit our booth to see our Hands-on Kits and how you can enhance your STEM classes! - These can be ordered online at our Kit Store


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