Materials Engineering Through the Electron Microscope - Rising 11th-12th Graders

This program will allow students to experience the science of materials engineering through the lenses of electron microscopes at the nation’s top electron microscope facility, Clemson University’s Electron Microscopy Facility, with top of the line microscopes. Students will have access to equipment including Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-Ray Photoelectron Microscopy (XPS). We will take skills used in engineering and biology to their smallest and simplest pieces and learn how high powered microscopes help shape our lives. Knowledgeable and experienced instructors will allow students to see how materials, such as those used on airplanes, are studied through high power electron microscopes to get their atomic level information. The hands on activities that the students will participate in are very strongly tied to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).

In addition to hands on experience with SEM, TEM, and XPS, students will have the chance to explore some other skills important for scientific discovery. Students will read and lead discussions of scientific papers, attend seminars on data representation, and participate in hands on experiments.

Students will learn and participate in all the aspects of Material Engineering including :

  • Sample collection and preparation
  • Data collection
  • Equipment operation
  • Analysis and presentation of their own data

This course is offered in Session Six (July 12-18).

Course Leader: Laxmikant (Lax) Saraf, Ph.D. and Kelliann Koehler, Ph.D.