Engineers on Wheels
A K-12 Outreach Program
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What is Engineers on Wheels?
Engineers on Wheels is a program bringing engineering concepts into K-12 classrooms and providing extracurricular activities to students, as well as providing an opportunity for college- level engineering students to reinforce their own knowledge of engineering and share their excitement about the subject with the next generation of engineers. The Colleges of Engineering, Education and Continuing & Professional Education are collaborating in the program supported by Edison Venture Fund. Through Engineers on Wheels, students and educators from the colleges will visit K-12 schools to demonstrate engineering activities in specially outfitted vans with modern engineering displays. The mobile high-tech classroom in the van has a touch-screen computer to help teach topics like bridge building, roller coaster design, flight simulation, alternative energy and astronomy.
What is Engineering?
Engineers are Problem Solvers, Entrepeneurs, Innovators, Designers, Builders, Caregivers, Troubleshooters and much more!!
Engineers are people who have a passion for making the world a better place!
Engineering is the application of science to designing things: the application of science in the design, planning, construction, and maintenance of buildings, machines, and other manufactured things.
The 14 Grand Challenges:
Here are the Grand Challenges for engineering as determined by a committe of the National Academy of Engineering:
Make solar energy economical
Provide energy from fusion
Develop carbon sequestration methods
Manage the nitrogen cycle
Provide access to clean water
Restore and improve urban infrastructure
Advance health informatics
Engineer better medicines
Reverse-engineer the brain
Prevent nuclear terror
Enhance virtual reality
Advance personalized learning
Engineer the tools of scientific discovery
Schedule a Visit
Schedule a Visit
Dr. Kauser Jahan, Professor
A list of activities that can be carried out are provided below. We can customize our activities to meet the grade level and school needs.
1.Silver polish and Glurch (or Slime)
3.Play dough and model playground
4.Super absorbers - see how much water two brands of disposable diapers can hold.
6.Ice cubes and salt, and Make and Eat coffee can ice cream
7.Convection or Hot and Cold and Buckets of Balloons
Flight and Aerospace
10.Rocket Glyph, Fantastic Garbage Bag Blow Up! and Paper Helicopters or Airplanes
11.Parachutes or Balloons Aloft
12.Balloon Rockets or Paper Rockets
13.3-2-1-Pop Rockets or *Bottle Rockets
14.Rocket Racers or Bottle Rockets
15.Paper Airplane Competitions (longest flight, most loops, fastest), highest bottle rocket, longest distance bottle rocket
18.Sun and Earth (tracing the proportional sizes)
19.Solar Powered Cars
20.Solar Still (demo on condensation)
22.Solar food dehydrator and Solar oven
23.Solar panels (cells) and small electric motors
25.Boat and Submarine Building and Junk Box Wars
27.Knex, lego, toothpick, bridge building activities
29.Egg Bungee Jump*
31.Sink or Float (clay and foil boats and pennies)
32.Density and Convection or Aquifers and Edible Aquifers
36.Humpty Dumpty Fall (Build and test a container that can protect an egg from a fall)
For more, visit www.pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci
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