Through the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach at CMU, the Soft Machines Lab participates in outreach events for grade school students in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
- SciTech Festival at the Carnegie Science Museum. SML hosts a table at the annual SciTech Festivals held at the Carnegie Science Museum. The table includes a hands-on demonstrations on soft-matter electronics on robotics. The event is typically attended by 800-1000 middle school students from public and private schools within the Pittsburgh region.
- Gelfand Outreach Saturday Series. In this three-hour workshop, participants learn about the rapidly developing field of wearable technology and have a hands-on activity where they make their own wearable touch pad from stretchable and conductive adhesives. The workshop is open to students in grades 7-9 and is held on the CMU campus.
Hesham helps a student test her wearable touchpad during a workshop on wearable computing at the Gelfand Outreach Saturday Series:
Example of a wearable touchpad made by student:
Ruthika, James, and Tong at the 2014 SciTech Festival:
Daniel Tepayotl and Lauren Finkenauer at the 2012 SciTech Festival: