Yesterday, on March twenty second, the fifth graders (40 college students) from the Chittick Elementary Faculty had a digital STEM discipline journey with us, with their academics Tanya Haney and Courtney Brady. That is the seventh yr the Chittick has come since 2012 -> all the time a pleasure to have y’all right here! Thanks to NU college students Zandria, Gabby, and Tasha for serving to out at the moment!
At this time we discovered all about engineering and the engineering design course of (EDP) and taking a better take a look at Mechanical and Civil Engineering. The day began off with an introduction to EDP, studying that engineers remedy issues and that engineers focus on a sure discipline to resolve sure sorts of issues. When asking the scholars what expertise an engineer wants -> the scholars got here up with two crucial expertise (that don’t usually get talked about after I ask this query): 1. Having/Making a Plan -> past only a step within the EDP, having the abilities to formulate and work via and replace on the fly a plan – this is essential as an engineer. 2. Working as a Workforce -> it is a exhausting talent to be taught and college students of all ages (and even full-fledged engineers) battle to work collectively as a group.
After a take a look at the completely different fields of engineering, college students turned mechanical engineers and took part within the What Is This Factor engineering guessing sport – taking a look at objects and figuring out what to call it and what goal it serves. Exercise handouts right here.
Subsequent – college students turned civil engineers and designed paper towers to be as tall as attainable -> utilizing 1 piece of 8.5″x11″ paper and 6″ of tape. Towers wanted to be freestanding and stand for 30 seconds – which was a battle. Seems getting a tower to be 1 foot tall is fairly straightforward, however the greater you go the tougher it’s to steadiness and maintain the tower standing. Had many teams who constructed their towers horizontally and when positioned vertically wouldn’t maintain their very own weight or keep balanced. Lastly, one of many women talked about her improved tower being “fairly” -> which led right into a dialogue on aesthetics -> i.e. making your engineering designs look good.
We then wrapped up the day with one other mechanical engineering design exercise: bettering an current backpack design and making it Covid pleasant (or unfriendly -> exhausting to explain), i.e. a backpack you’d wish to have throughout a pandemic. College students labored by themselves for this exercise and we then pulled collectively a listing of things we’d need our remaining Covid backpack to have.
Thanks to all academics and Northeastern college students for making this discipline journey attainable. Excited to have the Chittick come again subsequent yr – hopefully in individual! -Nick
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