What exactly are polymers, anyway? With the help of local New Jersey middle school students, Princeton faculty and graduate students give a hands-on explanation of these long-chain molecules (found in clothing, food, DNA, and silly putty among other places).
This video was filmed at Princeton's 2010 Science and Engineering Expo, attended by about 1,000 area middle school students and co-organized by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, which offers outreach programs designed to spark and sustain enthusiasm for science among young people at a critical time in their education.
The video features Richard Register, chair of the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering; Daniel Steinberg, director of educational outreach at the Princeton Institute for the Science & Technology of Materials (PRISM); and Princeton graduate students Keith Gallow and Colin Neikirk.
PCCM also hosts a materials science teacher training program as well as other programs. The outreach programs are funded by the National Science Foundation.
Special thanks to yoga teacher Mecquel Geng and to students from John Witherspoon Middle School, Montgomery Middle School, Saint Paul School of Princeton, and Timberlane Middle School.