The MRSEC at Harvard has implemented several workshops that use soft robotic components designed by MRSEC researchers to teach concepts in materials science and engineering design to K-12 students from elementary to high school. These highly flexible workshops introduce students to engineering design using simple and inexpensive materials such as straws, paper cups, and overhead transparencies. Students are also able to test pneumatic robotic actuators and grippers that have fabricated in the lab. Through this continuum of low-tech student-designed robots to more high-tech pneumatic actuators, the MRSEC has been able to host workshops for over 500 students in various settings.
George Whitesides (Chem), Conor Walsh (BioEng/MechEng), and David A. Weitz (Physics and Applied Physics)
2019-2020 Harvard MRSEC (DMR-1420570)