Quad city female middle school students spend the day with MechSE

MechSE professor Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler and MechSE outreach coordinator Joe Muskin played a central role in the 4H Science Siesta program that brought 49 7th – 10th grade students from the Quad cities to the University of Illinois for a two day exposure to engineering. The girls spend time engaged in biometrics as they learned about human movement through a variety of activities with Dr. Hsiao-Wecksler and her MechSE students. They also rapid prototyped 3D objects with a stereo-lithography system as they worked in pairs creating small plastic objects. Each student took home the object they made.

“The forty-nine girls that participated in Advanced Science Siesta that partnered with the U of I College Engineering had an awesome experience”, said 4-H Youth Development Educator Johnna Jennings with the University of Illinois Extension. “These girls had a great opportunity to see first-hand what career opportunities are available within the College of Engineering. So many of the girls had no idea how many career paths are available with a degree in engineering. This program experience will certainly help the girls as they make decisions and choices related to their future endeavors. This program experience was amazing for the participants and the faculty and staff where terrific to work with.”
 

Professor Hsiao-Wecksler introducing the 7 – 10th grade girls to the activities they would be doing during the day
Professor Hsiao-Wecksler introducing the 7 – 10th grade girls to the activities they would be doing during the day

MechSE graduate student Deen Farooq (at computer) and BioE undergrad Grace Deetjen prepare to take measurements on a middle school student visiting the University as part of the 4H Science Siesta program
MechSE graduate student Deen Farooq (at computer) and BioE undergrad Grace Deetjen prepare to take measurements on a middle school student visiting the University as part of the 4H Science Siesta program

MechSE Graduate student Chenzhang Xiao explaining the data the students will be collecting
MechSE Graduate student Chenzhang Xiao explaining the data the students will be collecting

Two Science Siesta students printing plastic 3D objects using a simple projection stereo lithography system
Two Science Siesta students printing plastic 3D objects using a simple projection stereo lithography system

Two 7 – 10th grade students pulling the Eiffel Towers they printing off the stage
Two 7 – 10th grade students pulling the Eiffel Towers they printing off the stage