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Week 1, S-MSE-1: Engineering Nature

Engineering Outreach, University of Toronto - St. George Campus

Monday, July 6, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015
St. George Campus TorontoONCanada  M5S 0A7
Monday, July 6, 2015 - Friday, July 10, 2015
St. George Campus TorontoONCanada  M5S 0A7

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What's Included

Through billions of years of evolution, nature has created unique solutions to a variety of problems that have puzzled scientists and engineers. In the past, we have observed these unique solutions and used them to our benefit. One of the best-known examples is Velcro, which was inspired by a common forest nuisance: a bur. Burs have a nasty tendency to stick to all types of fabrics because of their tiny hook-shaped hairs. With recent technological advances in electron microscopes (similar to optical microscopes, but able to achieve much higher magnifications), we are able to view more of these tiny unique features found in nature to better understand how they are responsible for the properties they create. In this course, using electron microscopy and fundamentals in physics, participants will study numerous biological samples close-up and uncover the origin behind useful properties found in nature. Primary examples will be: super-hydrophobic leaves, anti-reflective insect eyes, sticky gecko feet and butterfly wings that are coloured without using pigments. In addition, we will explore some structural examples showcasing strength and toughness.

About This Organizer

The Engineering Student Outreach Office (ESOO), created in Fall 2009, manages and administers the core outreach programs offered by the Faculty. We act as the central unit for outreach activities promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to a wide audience. We design and deliver programs centrally, and coordinate the activities by other entities including student organizations, Faculty members, and Departments. The vast majority of outreach activities supported by ESOO are pre-university programming.

The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is committed to inspiring youth within the community and across the world through outreach programming that focuses on engineering and applied sciences. These programs range from summer live-in programs to weekend courses during the fall and spring terms.

Below is a listing of our current program offerings. Click on the links to find out more about each program.

Organizer Info

  • Engineering Outreach, University of Toronto

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