How to Make Bath Bombs, Robots, Wax Casts and other SYP Adventures

I wish my high school science classes had been like this. Throughout the week, young women from all over the country (and from Bahrain) will be testing, coding, building, mixing and playing with different engineering experiments. They earned their place too; the Women in Engineering course is a competitive scholarship program and these students have a cumulative 3.91 GPA.

You can read more about a few of the participants in our Michigan Tech news story. You're also welcome to join them in the classroom this afternoon (June 22).

Nathan Miller,, has offered to help lead people to the various activities and will meet people in the Dillman Hall lobby at 1 p.m.:

  • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. i-Robot session, Dillman 209
  • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Bath Bombs, ChemSci 103
  • 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Foundry Pour (pending weather), M&M foundry
  • 2:30 - 4:45 p.m. Destination Imagination, Fisher Hall, various classrooms

If you have specific questions about Summer Youth Programs, then reach out to Liz Fujita at

Candidate Visit at the Hamar House

From 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday (June 23), gubernatorial candidate Bill Cobbs is stopping by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's Hamar House. He'll be available to chat with students, staff and faculty. Contact Kellie Raffaelli at for more information.

Experience New Rozsa Center Website

Immerse yourself in the arts at Michigan Tech. See the exciting variety of events produced and presented by the Rozsa Center and Department of Visual and Performing Arts—visit our new website.

The site was moved into the new Michigan Tech content management system template, designed by University Marketing and Communications (UMC), as part of the ongoing Michigan Tech brand initiative. A team of UMC and Rozsa staff collaborated to create a user-friendly experience, with streamlined navigation and compelling imagery.

“It was important for the Rozsa to follow the lead of the Michigan Tech branding campaign with a new appearance for our website. It's now more interactive and lets us present the arts programming of the Rozsa and Visual and Performing Arts Department in a more intuitive way," says Mary Jennings, programming and development director at the Rozsa. "We have more than 100 individual events, from major touring Broadway shows on the Rozsa stage, to intimate private receptions in our lobby, to student and local events in the McArdle Theatre. We hope our online presence is now as engaging, welcoming and enjoyable as the events themselves.”

The redesigned site offers direct access to show information and tickets for all Rozsa Presenting and Visual and Performing Arts events at Michigan Tech. Bright and clean design focuses on the Rozsa's patrons, to help them find information and buy tickets easily. Expanded, in-depth facility and gallery information, community engagement options, and rental details give our patrons additional information to enhance their experience at the Rozsa Center. Ticket and event information, season ticket packages, and Class Acts youth outreach programs are showcased. 

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Continuous Improvement Connection

Can you believe we're wrapping up the first half of summer already? Track A has flown by. With that said, there's still time to get those summer projects up, running and possibly completed before September hits. Wondering how? Contact our office at 487-3180, email, or stop by our office in Wadsworth 136W.

There's two types of events that we can help with, a kaizen and a project. What's the difference? A kaizen is when you don't know the root cause or countermeasures to streamline an ineffective or frustrating process. A project is when you know what the problem is and how you want to fix it, but aren't sure how to use the Lean method or tool. For example, you might want to organize your workspace, but you don't know how to use the 5S workspace organization method. Have a kaizen or project and want to get started? Request our assistance via our website. Our service is free.

Not interested in requesting a kaizen or project but still want to learn more about some improvement tips? No problem! We have a library in our office and we are happy to find a book for you that fits your needs!

New Funding

Patricia Butler (SFRES/ESC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $400,000, grant from the US Department of Agriculture—US Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The project is titled "Climate Change, Forests, and Water: Adaptation Resources, Tools, and Demonstrations." This is a five-year project.


Federal Reserve President's Town Hall Forum Next Tuesday

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will host a Town Hall Forum about the economy, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday (June 27) in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom A.

Partnering with Michigan Tech to bring Kashkari to campus are the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals, MTEC SmartZone and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance. Register here. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome the day of the event. 

For more information see previous Tech Today article.


L. Syd M Johnson (HU) was appointed to the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative Multi-Council Working Group Neuroethics Division. The Neuroethics Division examines and advises on critical ethical issues associated with BRAIN research.