Service-Learning & Volunteering

STEM EXPO 2020

Welcome to this year's STEM Expo! A schedule of today's live presenters and links to their exhibits can be found below. There are also a variety of prerecorded exhibitions available for you to browse throughout the day.

Welcome Videos

Traditionally the expo has begun with a few welcome speeches. We encourage you to view the following messages from Bill Welch, Jeremy Qualls, and Xavier Botana before you begin browsing the exhibits!

Live Exhibitor Schedule & Links

Recordings of each live session will be uploaded soon! A list of the live exhibitors can be found below.

ecomaine provides comprehensive, long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.

10:00 - 10:30: Recycling Facility Tour

ecomaine will take students on a virtual tour of our recycling facility to show you what happens to your recycling after you throw it all "away."

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

11:00 - 11:30: Recycling Facility Tour

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

As Maine’s leading engineering program, the UMaine College of Engineering prepares an educated workforce and conducts research that turns knowledge into innovative solutions. It is Maine’s only educational institution to offer 11 ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology degree programs. 

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Engineering Careers and Pathways

Learn about engineering careers and pathways from students at the UMaine College of Engineering!

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Engineering Careers and Pathways

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

JAX is a biomedical research institution that seeks to decipher the biological and genomic causes of human disease by using the mouse as their model. Organ and bone marrow transplants, stem cell therapies, and in vitro fertilization all have a foundation in JAX research.

1:30 - 2:00 PMLaunching a Career in Biomedicine

This session will provide a brief overview of the steps leading to a career in biomedicine - either research or medicine, or both! The session will include Q & A and discussion.

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

2:00 - 2:30 PM: Mice in Space

This session will be an introductory lesson of the Mice in Space project, followed by a discussion of Se-jin and Emily’s recent paper.

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is dedicated to improving the resilience of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and the communities that depend on it. They do so by increasing understanding of marine ecosystems and economies through interdisciplinary, collaborative, and action oriented research.

10:00 - 10:30 AM: Live Scientist Session 1

Join local scientists as they share their current work on the Gulf of Maine. This talk will include a demo and might even get a little messy! 

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Live Scientist Session 2

A video of this session will be uploaded soon!

Pre-recorded Exhibitions

We welcome you to watch our many pre-recorded exhibitions! Videos range from 5 minutes to an 1 hour in length. 

WMTW is an ABC-affiliated television station that serves southern Maine, as well as eastern and northern New Hampshire.

Weather at WMTW!

Learn from Ted McInerney about the weather pod at WMTW, and what it's like to have a job as a meteorologist!

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EnviroLogix is a global leader in the development of rapid GMO and mycotoxin detection technology. Their goal is to create breakthrough diagnostic technologies for a variety of needs, including the rapid detection of GMO traits in crops, mycotoxins in grain, and foodborne pathogens.

Career Development Opportunities for S.T.E.M. students

Listen to members from various departments in EnviroLogix talk about their career pathways and current work!

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MEDRhythms is a digital therapeutics company that uses sensors, music, and software to build evidence-based, neurologic interventions to measure and improve walking. Music has the ability to directly stimulate the brain to improve functional outcomes, and this principle underpins the science behind MEDRhythms’ digital therapeutics.

Clinical Applications of Music in Neuroscience

Learn about the fascinating ways music impacts our brain and motor functions from Brian Harris, Co-Founder and CEO of MEDRhythms. 

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The Herring Gut Learning Center has been bringing marine science and aquaculture to midcoast Maine for the past 22 years. Through hands-on study and experience in aquaculture, students, educators, and communities gain unique opportunities to learn more about sustainability, marine life, and climate literacy.

Sporing Sugar Kelp

Educators at Herring Gut Learning Center walk you through step-by-step how to spore out sugar kelp to grow in a classroom nursery over the winter.

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As Maine’s leading engineering program, the UMaine College of Engineering prepares an educated workforce and conducts research that turns knowledge into innovative solutions. It is Maine’s only educational institution to offer 11 ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology degree programs. 

An Entire Bridge in a Backpack

Can you fit a bridge into a backpack? Dean Dana Humphrey shows how UMaine engineering students made it possible.

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The World's Largest 3D Printed Boat

Join Dean Dana Humprhey as he shows you the Guinness World Record holding 3D printed boat and 3D printer.

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The Future of Vehicle Parts

Join Dean Dana Humphrey as he shows you what UMaine Engineering is doing to create more efficient vehicles.

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Manufacturing Metals

Learn all about The Center for Additive Manufacturing of Metals (CAMM)! CAMM is a center focused on additive manufacturing of metals based at the University of Maine.

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Protect Your Head (Helmet Testing)

Using engineering, UMaine students are developing the next generation of head protection.

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The Portland Fire Department is a proud team of dedicated professionals on the front line since 1768. Their mission is to deliver emergency services to the City of Portland and protect its well being through preparedness, prevention and education.

Engine 6 - Truck Design and Function 

Learn about firetruck design and how water pumps work!

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3:1 Haul System

Watch how a firefighter can move an entire truck using the mechanical advantage of a 3:1 haul system. 

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F4 Escape Device and System 

Learn about one of the tools firefighters use to bail out from dangerous buildings.

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UMaine's Engineers Without Borders chapter is a group of students with an interest in improving the quality of life for people in developing countries. They do so by working with communities on sustainable engineering projects across the world. 

STEM Jeopardy

Check out a new version of Jeopardy! It's a special edition for the STEM Expo created by the Portland Maine Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). You can test your knowledge of STEM and what EWB does. There are two levels of the game, so see how many correct answers you can get and add up your points. Sorry - no dollar winnings like in the real Jeopardy! Good luck and have fun! 

Game Instructions: Click on either of the two games listed. On the next screen, click 3 TEAMS, change to NO TEAM, then click start. 

Click here to play Jeopardy!

The Ecology School is an environmental education program founded in Saco, Maine that transforms how people think about science, food, and the environment, through hands-on learning for all ages.

Build a Watershed

The Ecology School will introduce an activity that demonstrates how water in a watershed travels and connects ecosystems. In this Nature Nugget, students will learn how to build their own watershed to see exactly how water moves through the landscape

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Central Maine Power serves more than 636,000 electricity customers in an 11,000 square-mile service area in central and southern Maine. They oversee approximately 25,000 miles of power lines and 280 substations throughout the state. 

Safety City

Learn more about where your energy comes from and what energy is from George Shutts at Central Maine Power.

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With over 200 top specialists in anesthesiology, orthopaedics, pathology, radiation oncology, radiology, and interventional radiology, Spectrum is committed to providing a broad range of advanced expertise to patients, communities, and hospital partners.

Career Pathways at Spectrum Healthcare Partners

Hear from different people about their current roles at Spectrum HCP and all the many ways you can get involved in healthcare!

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The Maine Wildlife Park gives people the opportunity to learn all about Maine animals. Over 30 species of Maine wildlife reside in the park that cannot be returned to their natural habitats. Some are there because they were injured or orphaned, and others because they are human dependent – raised, sometimes illegally, in captivity.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife game wardens and biologists team up to make the best of these situations by bringing animals to the park, where they can live safely in naturalized exhibits and receive the specialized care they need.

Maine Black Bear 

Join members of MWP for a virtual wildlife talk about the ghost of the Maine woods, black bears. They will take a look at their unique adaptations and hopefully get a glimpse at the bears that live at Maine Wildlife Park.

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Maine Moose 

Join members of MWP for a virtual wildlife talk about the iconic moose of Maine. They will take a look at some of their amazing adaptations and hopefully get one of the resident moose of Maine Wildlife Park to stop by.

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Maine White-Tailed Deer 

Join members of MWP for a virtual wildlife talk about the white-tailed deer of Maine. They will take a look at some of their amazing features, and see some of Maine Wildlife Park's resident deer.

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Maine Turtles

Turtles are an ancient group of reptiles and we have many species in Maine. Members of MWP will take a look at the adaptations of both land and aquatic turtles native to Maine, and learn about their natural history, the habitats in which they are found, and some of the threats facing turtles (many are endangered or threatened). 

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Maine Birds of Prey 

Learn the unique adaptations of raptors, birds of prey, such as owls, eagles, hawks, vultures, and falcons. Members of MWP will learn how these carnivores get food, and look at how they are similar but different due to the habitats in which they live, and when they are most active. They will even take a look at owl pellets and how they provide clues of the habitat they hunt. 

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Maine Beavers 

Beavers are one of few animals that can create their own habitat, or place to live. There are many in Maine, and they have an interesting life cycle. Using natural artifacts, skins, skulls and beaver ‘chew’, members of MWP will explore the world of the beaver, and identify its many physical adaptations. You may even get to see a live beaver!

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Maine Predators 

Lynx, mink, bobcat, loons, eagles, and more are all at the top of their food chains and integral parts of the ecology. What key roles do these top predators play in a food chain? Members of MWP will take a look at the adaptations of top predators using furs, feathers, and skulls to learn about a variety of predators and their important roles in the ecosystem. 

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Maine's Small Mammals  

Many of Maine’s mammals are small and have different ways of living. Some live in trees like squirrels, and others around water like otters, muskrats, and mink. Some are herbivores while others are carnivores, but each has their own unique adaptations. Members of MWP will take a look at a few of these species you can find in Maine using furs, skulls, and other natural artifacts.

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For more than a century, 4-H has been a leader in positive youth development. 4-H provides hands-on educational and leadership programs for nearly 30,000 youth in Maine, and emphasizes the importance of building the life skills needed to be successful adults.

Explore various engineering activities brought to you by students from Portland, South Portland, and Gorham High Schools! To access more materials and print activity templates click here! 

Will It Float?

Learn about the force of buoyancy by seeing how many pennies you add to a homemade boat.

(English)

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Wind Power Lift

Construct a pinwheel and then use it to lift an item from the floor to the top of a desk or table.

(English) https://youtu.be/ZkaqbpxwsKs 

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Balloon Shuttle

Use Newton's Laws, force, and a balloon to move a heavy object.

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Will it Fly?

Make a glider at home and learn the forces of flight!

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ME EPSCoR at the University of Maine develops statewide partnerships between higher education institutions, industry, government, and others to effect lasting improvements to Maine’s R&D infrastructure, capacity, and national competitiveness. 

Interview with a Scientist

Hear from scientists across Maine about their work and how they ended up in their current careers!

Savannah Swain, Biologist

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Melissa Kimble, Geographic Information Scientist

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Amy Brainbridge, Resource Economics and Policy

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For additional resources such as handouts and questions related to each video, we encourage you to visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension site here

USM's Department of Chemistry is comprised of engaged faculty who are committed to involving students in scientific research. The department has been a leader in providing students with meaningful research experiences early in the curriculum. 

Dissolving M&M's

Join students on an investigation of how M&M's dissolve in various liquids. To access more resources exploring the chemistry of these reactions, click here!

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Rooted in the Mercy tradition and focused on social justice for all, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is an innovative lifelong learning community on the shores of Sebago Lake just outside of Portland.

Pond Life

Learn all about ponds and their ecosystems from Alia, a student at Saint Joseph's! Participants can download and print these attached activities.

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The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences aims to foster creativity and collaboration among people who have a passion for understanding the complexities of the nervous system and applying this knowledge to improve human health, productivity, and quality of life.

The Science Behind the Eye

Read along and listen to a student at the University of New England read a neuroscience book exploring the science of the human eye! 

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Cornerstones of Science works with libraries across Maine to create experiences that spark curiosity and foster a deeper connection to the world around us.

Flip the Switch

Learn about what it means to conserve energy, and how you can make a difference at home! Participants can download or print the attached activity

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Thank you for a fantastic STEM Expo! We'll see you again in 2021!

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