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RPI students pass love of science to Niskayuna high-schoolers

RPI graduate student Matt Kwan, center right, from Material Advantage, teaches a group of Niskayuna High School seniors about the material sciences Tuesday.
RPI graduate student Matt Kwan, center right, from Material Advantage, teaches a group of Niskayuna High School seniors about the material sciences Tuesday.
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Sarah Boyd offered marshmallows to the Niskayuna High School students.

These weren’t just any marshmallows, though. They were crunchy because Boyd, a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, had dipped them in liquid nitrogen, making the treats hard.

“They’re better frozen,” she said.

Boyd wasn’t giving a cooking lesson; she was providing a physics lesson about molecular structure. She is part of Material Advantage, a group of RPI undergraduate and graduate students who give ...

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