The University of Maryland MRSEC grants ended in September 2013 after 17 years of successful operation. This site remains as a history of the center, but will not be actively maintained.
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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Maryland Day is a time when the University of Maryland, College Park opens its doors to the public. With demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, performances, petting zoos, and much more, Maryland Day provides something for everyone!
MRSEC's "make-and-take" activities (10am-4pm) this year include:
Ultraviolet-Detecting Beads: If you'd like to purchase the colour-changing beads used in our activity for your own use, you can find them at Educational Innovations.
Ultraviolet-Detecting Nail Polish: The colour-changing nail polish used in our activity can be purchased from Del Sol.
Our Famous Silly Putty: This year we are returning our famous silly putty. We've posted the much-requested recipe here; we also have take-away cards with the recipe at our table during Maryland Day. We're not sure where this recipe originally came from, but are sure you can search the Internet for additional recipe variations. This silly putty recipe is a great polymer activity to do with easy-to-get household ingredients. More information about silly putty's uses and how it works is available in pdf form.