Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

Baja team wraps up 2016 season with big finishes

CWRU Baja car on courseThe CWRU Baja Team finished another successful season earlier in June at the Hogback Hill Motocross Park in Rochester, N.Y. The weekend competition featured best-ever finishes by the team in two categories: Acceleration and Hill Climb, where the Case Western Reserve team earned third and fourth place, respectively.
The team also earned a best-ever fifth place finish overall in all four dynamic events, and finished sixth in the Sales and Presentation category and 12th in Design Presentation.

Case Western Reserve to host summer Techie Camps

In partnership with Case Western Reserve University’s Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, TECH CORPS will host two open enrollment Techie Camps this summer.
Techie Camp is a full-day, week-long technology experience designed especially for elementary and middle school students. The goal of Techie Camp is to engage students in activities that can stimulate a deeper interest in technology, as well as provide them opportunities to express their imaginations.

Student energy group builds solar charging picnic table

Solar powered charging tableMembers of the Case Western Reserve University community now have a new place to take a seat and recharge—literally.
This spring, a group of students built a picnic table outfitted with solar panels and a battery pack to serve as an outdoor charging station. They installed the table on the quad just in time for the university’s commencement ceremonies in May.
Powered by two, 90-watt solar panels, the battery contains multiple USB ports and AC plugs. It packs enough power to allow multiple people to charge up simultaneously.

Rigoberto Advincula offers expertise on solar-powered plane

Solar Impulse 2—an experimental solar-powered aircraft—is in the midst of an around-the-world journey, and Case Western Reserve University Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering Rigoberto Advincula was tapped by the American Chemical Society to offer insights on the materials that are making the plane’s historic, fuel-free trip possible.
At a National Press Club briefing held in May, Advincula explained how the high-performance lightweight materials at the heart of Solar Impulse 2 are found in increasingly diverse applications. Advincula shared the program with George Corbin, global head of research and innovation at Solvay Specialty Polymers, a leading producer of advanced materials and partner on the Solar Impulse project.

Explore fine art collaboration at Sears think[box] June 18

Sears think[box]Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] and Zygote Press present FILE PREP, a group exhibition with artists Elizabeth Emery, Liz Maugans, Lisa Schonberg, Corrie Slawson and Rebekah Wilhelm, on Saturday, June 18 from 1-3:30 p.m.
Zygote Press, a nonprofit, artist-run print workshop that promotes contemporary fine-art printing, has been collaborating with Sears think[box] over the last three months, creating a technical and creative exchange between the innovation center and traditional printing. The artists served as ambassadors over the residency, learning approaches to digital manufacturing with the goal of sharing the information with the larger Zygote community.