Binghamton University Sponsors “Making Stuff” Events


BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University will take part in the nationwide outreach program,  “Making Stuff,” through a series of events being held on and off-campus.

WGBH, Boston’s public television station and producer of NOVA, has teamed-up with the Materials Research Society (MRS) to produce a four-part PBS series that premiered January 19.  The program includes a national educational outreach campaign to encourage appreciation and a better understanding of our material world in young and old alike.  “Making Stuff” will air on WSKG-HD at 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings through February 9.

To coincide with this outreach program Binghamton University is sponsoring a series of events including a Science Café at the Lost Dog in Binghamton where Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering Stan Whittingham, will discuss energy and energy storage.  The talk, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6p.m. Tuesday, January 25.

Activity and Demonstration Tables will be set up at the Oakdale Mall from 1-5p.m Saturday, January 29 and from noon-5 p.m.Saturday February 5 at the Roberson Museum Science Center. Volunteers from the Binghamton University Undergraduate Chemical Society, MRS Student Chapter, and Broome Community College Science Club will be on hand to guide participants through hands-on activities based on the four themes of the Making Stuff series: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, and Smarter. Each activity will highlight the properties of modern materials in an easy-to-understand way.

Finally, Making Stuff will be showcased at 2p.m. Saturday, February 12 during the Science Olympiad Regionals competition hosted by Binghamton University. Through a number of demonstrations and activities, some of the more exotic applications of materials science will be investigated. For example, a high temperature superconductor will be used to show the loss of electrical resistance and magnetic levitation observed in such systems.

For more information, visit: or http://www.pbs .org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-stuff.html or contact Alexsa Silva via e-mail at or Dan Brennan at          

Last Updated: 9/17/13