SENSOR Saturday Academy
Dr. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts (PI) and Co-PI Dr. Glenda Kelly, created a Student Engineers Network: Strengthening Opportunities in Research (SENSOR) Saturday Academy that has enrolled over 60 URM middle school students to date. This academy is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
This academy is brings students to Duke’s campus for 15 Saturday workshops each year led by Duke graduate and undergraduate students in science and engineering. Middle school students learn about the different research projects across CEINT and the role that sensors play in engineering applications including data collection across CEINT.
Students also participate in field trips including visiting CEINT mesocosms and learning about sensor applications in field studies and environmental testing. For summer 2014 and 2015, CEINT hosted 41 middle school students at the mesocosms along with their mentors with an engaging overview provided by former CEINT Research Associate Dr. Ben Colman. Students also visited the CEINT faculty lab of Dr. David Hinton and learned about studies on impacts of nanomaterials on medaka fish and why these fish are used in toxicology labs.