150 elementary students exposed to various types of engineering

MechSE students, through Pi Tau Sigma conducted a Family Engineering night at Booker T. Washington STEM School on Tuesday October 15, 2013. Family Engineering is an informal engineering education program that actively engages elementary-aged children and their families in fun, hands-on, engineering activities. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, Family Engineering promotes 21st Century skills of inquiry, creativity, teamwork, and collaborative problem solving.

52 families attended bringing in about 150 potential future engineers for the evening of exposure to engineering, doing engaging activities with MechSE engineering students. Martha Henss, the STEM coordinator for B.T. Washington School reported “We had an amazing evening and felt it was an extremely successful event. I heard nothing but praise from families as they left and even saw a few tears from kids who wanted to stay to do more!”

A MechSE student helping a BTW student mine chocolate chips out of a cookie
A MechSE student helping a BTW student mine chocolate chips out of a cookie

Nick Kolpack and Julia Huynh did a fantastic job of organizing the activity and recruiting volunteers to staff the event.
 

A MechSE student helping prepare a rocket for launching
A MechSE student helping prepare a rocket for launching

A B.T. Washington family gets help from a MechSE student while they are making a mechanical hand
A B.T. Washington family gets help from a MechSE student while they are making a mechanical hand

Two B.T. Washington students work on their tower.
Two B.T. Washington students work on their tower.