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"How does my hard drive work?"

Student participating in

Graduate students at Ohio State's Center for Emergent Materials (Andrew Berger, Michael Page, Shane White) developed a demo illustrating how a computer hard drive works. This demo has been used at several outreach events and in school efforts through the Scientific Thinkers program and is currently under discussion with the Museum of Science in Boston for duplication there.

The Scientific Thinkers program has more than 100 graduate and undergraduate volunteers from STEM disciplines across campus, of which 30 are actively involved. Comments from our volunteers include:


  • “Scientific Thinkers gets tomorrow’s scientists excited about learning while reminding today’s leaders what all their hard work is for.” ‐David Weinbrecht, Civil Engineering, Junior
  • “It never ceases to amaze me how excited the students at Innis get when the Scientific Thinkers team comes in to teach them about science. They all want to grow up to be scientists now!” ‐Alex Clark, Biomedical Engineering, Junior

Additional information about Scientific Thinkers can found on our website at:

OSU graduate students preparing the