The Center for Sustainable Materials Science has collaborated with the North Dakota EPSCoR Sunday Academy program to present two lessons related to their research during the 2015-2016 Sunday Academy. The Sunday Academy program, part of North Dakota EPSCoR’s NATURE programming (Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education), is coordinated by Chad Ulven, Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at North Dakota State University.
The Sunday Academy program is designed to generate interest in math, science and engineering among American Indian high school students in North Dakota. Once a month during the academic year, high school students from the four Indian Reservations in North Dakota are brought together on a Sunday at their local tribal college in North Dakota and are presented with practical day-to-day problems involving simple math, physics, chemistry and engineering in an informal and friendly atmosphere requiring them to think, analyze and seek solutions.
For the 2015-2016 school year, seven lessons have been planned that will be taught on a Sunday between September and March. One of the lessons related to the Center for Sustainable Materials Science research is ‘Purification of Water with Biobased Materials’ led by Jayaraman Sivaguru and Long Jiang both from North Dakota State University. Chad Ulven also helped with the planning of this lesson. The other lesson is ‘Engineered Composite Building Products’ led by Dilpreet Bajwa from North Dakota State University. Other lessons will be led by other faculty from North Dakota State University as well as faculty from the tribal colleges and the University of North Dakota.
An article regarding North Dakota EPSCoR’s NATURE program has recently been published in the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Aug/Sept issue of their STEAM newsletter. To read the article, please see pages 19-20 here . You can also visit the North Dakota EPSCoR NATURE website for more information about the NATURE program.