ASM Materials Teachers’ Camp held at YSU

The ASM Teachers’ Camp was held on Campus from Monday, July 9 – 13, 2012 in Moser Hall introducing high school and middle school teachers to the engineering professions through Materials Science.  ASM, a professional organization since 1913, is operating approximately 50 “Materials Camps” throughout the United States and Canada this summer.

Under the guidance of master teachers Thomas Glasgow and Georgia Peet, fifteen teachers took this opportunity to re-visit science principles, and perform experiments with the intention of being able to bring new lessons into their classrooms.  The camp is free for teacher attendees.  For their participation, they received 4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and had the opportunity for 2 graduate level courses. They were also provided curricular tools in both digital (CD ROM) format and print; supplies needed to replicate some of the classroom activities at their school; a one year membership in ASM International; and access to the time and talents of numerous local engineers and scientists.

Featured speakers at the Camp were Eric Schmidt, Ph.D., V & M Star, Youngstown, Ohio and Mr. Chuck Fryman,  Ellwood Quality Steel, New Castle, Pennsylvania.  Because Materials are also a very important and integral part of the manufacturing process, the teachers were given a tour of Brilex Industries, Youngstown, Ohio, by Mr. Brian Benyo, Co-Founder.  Virgil Solomon, Ph.D., YSU Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, presented a demonstration of the electron microscope in the Electron Microscope Facility at YSU.

The week long workshop ended with a formal luncheon with guests Dr. Martin Abraham, Dean of the STEM College and Mr. Thomas Frazier, Chairperson of the Warren ASM Chapter in attendance.