We held our fifth Explore Engineering event for high school girls April 9-10, 2010. We had 18 great students attend and everyone seemed to both have a great time and learn about engineering design. Several of the girls had been to one or more of our previous events. As usual the high school girls were very creative with the weekend design project.
We put together our most ambitious Explore project yet for this group. The theme of the event was “Design, Dance, Disco” and students designed and built stomp pad games and laser disco prism/motor devices. We had five teams each working collaboratively on their designs. Students did everything from make their stomp pad switches to making LED based graphics to connect to their circuits.
Stomp pad games included: Twister Tic-Tac-Toe, Sweet Briar Says (like the electronic version of the game Simon Says), Volcano Eruption w/David Bowie Theme, Piano Stomp Pad (to play classical music), and That’s the Way I Like It (designed to play the 1974 song from KC and the Sunshine Band).
A special thanks goes out to the Sweet Briar engineering students that helped design, develop, and partly teach the high school students. Thanks to Caroline, Lindsay, Scooter, Sarah J., Madeline, Sarah L., Elizabeth, Katelyn, and Kayla! The high school girls always say that they really value the opportunity to work with Sweet Briar engineering majors.
We are looking forward to our summer Explore Engineering course. More info is here. We’ll be designing and creating robots/devices that play music (among other things…)!Uncategorized