Material Science Technology


This year Enumclaw High School educator Randy Cook teaches a new Material Science Technology course providing students the opportunity to make glass, ceramics, alloy metals, polymers and composites from paper and anvil photoraw materials using lab equipment. Students are given an experiment to conduct and then they must create their own. One student experiment found that four pieces of paper could hold 40 pounds demonstrated here in this photo.

Upon successful completion of this STEM course, students earn a vocational certification along with an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) certification, which universities and Boeing like to see on transcripts. Currently there are 16 students in this class, which is open to any high school grade level, and 25% are comprised of female students.

Recently this class was fortunate to have a guest speaker, Mr. Brian DeLisa, who is a 1991 Enumclaw High School graduate and a University of Washington graduate in Metallurgical Engineering. He works for Pacific Metallurgical, Inc., which provides numerous industrial and commercial heat treatment services for aerospace parts in our region. In fact, most of their work is done for Boeing planes such as landing gear. Mr. DeLisa gave an overview of what heat treatment is, the different types of metals they treat and the process of heat treatment. He also provided a couple demonstrations for visual interest such as the one below right showing that hard metal transfers fast while soft metal transfers slowly.

Mr. Cook and Mr. DeLisa photo

Cathy Fallen-Mathews, President of Pacific Metallurgical is also the Enumclaw Schools Foundation STEM Expo chairperson. Students from this class were in charge of a booth at this year’s STEM Expo displaying projects such as the paper experiment above. For more information about the STEM program, visit, and photos from the STEM Expo are located on the Enumclaw Schools Foundation Facebook page at a.206532346144617.49730.206494479481737/606238569507324/?type=1&theater.