Outreach Events

No Small Matter: PME Middle School Molecular Engineering Fair

U Chicago PME fair

This event included hands-on demos and learning activities about fundamental concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics to 6th-8th graders from local neighborhood schools as a way to increase access, awareness, and interest in molecular engineering

Based on feedback from the teachers, students enjoyed the day and were still asking questions about the demos they saw even after returning to school

Inspiretist Event

Wilbur (Kathleen H.) Elementary - Bear, Delaware - DE ...

The aim of this event was to Introduce young children to robotics through a fun, hands-on activity.  Students assembled batteries, wires, motors, and toothbrushes to create their own (mobile) cleaning robots

This event reached forty 4th graders at Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, Delaware.

Science Enrichment

Featured Stories | Serviam Girls Academy

Graduate Students from the University of Delaware presented a science enrichment event for the 6th – 8th grade girls at Serviam Girls Academy .


Socio-cultural Impact of Polymers

Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum - Himetop

The Bio-inspired REU program at Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the Dittrick Museum of Medical History is creating a group curated exhibit on socio-cultural impact of polymers.


ENLACE Program at UCSD

Crean una 'amistad científica' en la frontera de Tijuana ...

photo credit: Cortesía Alondra Ramírez Sinhoui

Faculty members and graduate students in the Bio-inspired PIRE program at the University of California San Diego participate in the ENLACE bi-national summer research program.  This program aims to encourage the participation of high school students, college students, and researchers/teachers, in research in the sciences and engineering, while promoting cross-border friendships in the Baja California/San Diego region.


Martin Luther King Discovery Day

MLK Day PIRE event 2019

PIRE faculty and students participated in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event on January 21, 2019 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  This free day at the museum attracts families from all over the Cleveland area and allows them to participate in hands-on, science activities throughout the day.  The PIRE group focused on bio-inspired activities and demonstrations and engaged an enthusiastic audience.  See more photos here.

First Annual Meeting – NSF PIRE Bio-inspired Materials and Systems


PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems held its first Annual Meeting on June 11-13, 2018 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Faculty members, staff members and students from across all of the Bio-inspired PIRE sites attended and took part in discussions on updates to research, education and evaluation, as well as team-building activities.

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