“Goo, Goop, and Gak: The Science of
Gooey, goopy materials and a lecture about the wonders of snot were the stars
of a family-friendly, hands-on evening of science on the Duke University campus
17th, 2012), sponsored by Triangle MRSEC.
This event was part of the NC Science Festival, a state-wide multi-day
celebration showcasing science and technology in NC.
hand-on, interactive demos with “oobleck” cornstarch polymers, polymer
folds itself magically, and
other “soft matter” with unusual properties.
evening also featured
of facilities including the DiVE virtual reality simulator, and a guest
lecture, “The Science of Snot,” by Dr. Richard Superfine UNC-Chapel Hill
assessment data confirmed that respondents thought the event “made STEM
learning fun” and made them more aware of STEM in their daily lives.