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How do you teach advanced manufacturing to an audience of 10-year-olds? Reach for the art supplies. Today, we’re using Play-Doh and melted crayons to illustrate the manufacturing process known as sand casting, which is used to make everything from pipe fittings to auto parts, says Peter Serles MIE PhD candidate. The students will be making gears, which are a key concept in the elementary science curriculum. The colourful project was one of about a dozen hands-on learning activities developed for STEM Day, held for the first time at U of T Engineering on Nov. 6, 2019. The event brought together two groups: graduate students interested in pursuing a career as professors or instructors, and elementary school students who want to explore potential careers in science, technology, education or math.

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