Seattle University's College of Science and Engineering recently won the Best Educator Award at the 2013 Seattle Science EXPO at Seattle Center. It's the second year of the EXPO and the second time SU offered an engaging show, besting other educational exhibitors that included major universities in Washington state. The event, part of the two-week Seattle Science Festival in June, is organized by the Pacific Science Center.
This year's booth, guided by Agnieszka Miguel, associate professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering, and Frank Shih, associate professor of mechanical engineering, featured 12 interactive activities that spanned biology, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, math and diagnostic ultrasound.
Nine faculty and about 40 science and engineering student volunteers staffed the booth. Leanne Robertson, associate professor of mathematics, said one young boy was so captivated by puzzles he sat and worked on them for about 40 minutes, much to the amazement of his mother. Robertson was able to advise the mom when she asked where to find more puzzles to encourage her son's interest.