August 31, 2007

School of Engineering committed to community service

As part of the 2007 Case for Community Day -- being held this year on Friday, September 21 -- Case Daily will feature community outreach initiatives being conducted at each of the university's colleges, as well as several campus centers and departments.

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The Case School of Engineering prepares students to lead the advancement of technology and to create new processes, products, methods, materials and systems that benefit society. It employs these same methods as part of its community outreach.

"In addition to maintaining the strength of our academic and research activities, I firmly believe the entire campus has the responsibility of giving back to the community," said Dean Norman Tien.

An example of giving back to the community is Polymers Can be Fun is a pioneering outreach program in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In this program, Case volunteers educate children and their families about how plastics—and their forerunners, polymers—are beneficial in everyday life.

Meanwhile, the school has several programs that focus on high school students: First Robotics, a multinational competition that challenges students and their mentors to solve a problem in a short time using a kit and a common set of rules; the Lego Robot Competition and Engineering Carnival, which invites students to participate in the Lego Robot Competition; and the Model Bridge Building and Battery-Powered Car Contest, which encourages the pursuit of academic interests in engineering design.

Each year, the engineering school concentrates on younger children during Case for Community Day with the nonprofit RePlay for Kids, an organization in which engineering students and staff repair and modify toys for children with disabilities. To date, volunteers have restored and distributed hundreds of toys to local youth organizations.

The school's outreach programs also include other college students. The National Science Foundation recently awarded the university $20 million for the creation of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a model for successful recruitment of diverse American students into the science and engineering workforce. Through this program, a full research and educational partnership between Case and Fisk University works to broaden participation of African American students in the science and technology programs at both universities. In addition, the center's faculty exposes students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in polymer science and engineering exploration.

For more information, contact Kimyette Finley at 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, August 31, 2007 09:28 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Community Outreach, Community Outreach, Community Outreach, Community Outreach, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Students

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