STEM Showcase April 23 highlights high-tech labs, students

STEM logoThe Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics shows off its high-tech labs and some of its best students at the STEM Showcase 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, on the YSU campus.

In addition, $1,000 in scholarship money will be given away to prospective YSU STEM students who attend the event and complete a survey.

The free event has become particularly popular among high school students and their parents who want to learn more about YSU and STEM College education and careers. Guests are encouraged to register in advance. To register and for more information, visit

Facilities open for tours will include YSU’s newly renovated Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) and the brand new Launch Lab. The Launch Lab is a creative venture, bringing together students from STEM, fine arts and business, to learn about product design, development, and commercialization. Emphasizing teamwork and collaboration across disciplines and areas of expertise, Launch Lab gives students a real-life opportunity to learn the entire process of creating a concept and bringing it to life. Tours of core research laboratory facilities in Chemistry and Biological Sciences will be conducted highlighting electron microscopy and molecular biology technologies.

Among the student research projects that will be on display is a senior design project out of mechanical engineering that involved designing and 3D printing a leg brace for a disabled dog to improve and support her mobility. Another team will talk about their research with sloth muscles in an attempt to determine why sloths are so strong. Other projects include: design of a CNC small-hole EDM; design of a submersible remote-operated vehicle; mathematical modeling of a 3D printed satellite thermal management system; determining the protein content in farm crickets; exploring antibiotic resistance of coliform bacteria in Yellow Creek; and design of digital corn hole game boards.

Annual favorites, such as the Chem-E Car, Baja Car, and Concrete Canoe are also expected to be on display.