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Friday, June 6, 2014


-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science held the first Elementary Family STEM Night on May 17 at RMU. The purpose of the event was to engage students in grades K-4 and their families in an immersive experience that introduced them to concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). More than 200 participants and their families attended, and participated in numerous hands-on activities, such as: Gummy Bear Launch, Spectral Diffraction, How much is 293?, Frozen, Microbiology and You, Marshmallow Architecture, Designing with Zoobs, 3D printing, Human Biology, Roman Arch, Aspects of Healthy Living, Question Quilt, and Crazy Creek Critters. The event was a great success and similar events are being planned for the future.  For more information on SEMS Outreach activities, please contact either Matthew Maurer (Co-Director, SEMS-ROC) at or Sarah MacDonald (SEMS Outreach Manager) at

-- The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science teamed with Leadership Pittsburgh to present a program for female high school students that showcased the value of pursuing a career in manufacturing engineering and related fields with the ultimate goal of helping the region meet it sfuture workforce needs. This collaborative outreach event, titled "Gritty to Sassy" was held for approximately 40 junior and senior girls at Penn Hills High School on May 21. The hands-on program was facilitated by RMU faculty and engineering students, and permitted the girls attending to explore a number of aspects of additive manufacturing. Faculty who participated were Arif Sirinterlikci, Tony Kerzmann, Tamiko Youngblood, Matthew Maurer, and Dean Maria Kalevitch. Students included Candace Grogg, Sarah Mutunga, Redwana Tabassum, and alumnus Charles Mura.

-- RMU in the News has been updated with May's media coverage of the university. The RMU Polling Institute and a well-timed visit by some RMU students to the Chinese embassy are among the highlights. 

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