Explore Science & Engineering Day


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Explore Science & Engineering Day

  • Explore Science and Engineering Day is our first annual outreach event that will attract a projected 50 school students from grade 6-12 from local schools in Lafayette and West Lafayette. We have the goal that each attendee gain insights and grow passion for science and engineering.
  • There are 4 student organizations presenting 5 different workshops that will be constructive for the attendees and create an impact on perspective scientists and engineers in the years to come. These workshops are aimed to emphasize the impact each discipline has on the community, the nation, and the world rather than the educational concepts. We believe that such an emphasis will ignite the interest of students in engineering and science, especially at Purdue.
    • 4 student organizations
      • Pugwash
      • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
      • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
      • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Explore Science & Engineering Day will be held on Saturday March 7th, 2015 at ARMS.
    • Registration for students, workshop hosts, and volunteers will begin at 12:00PM in ARMS Atrium. Following will be three workshop breakout sessions from 1:00 – 4:00PM. Each workshop will have an attendance of approximately 15-20 students.

Workshops Detail

1. Square Peg in a Round Hole

After an explosion during the Apollo 13 mission to the moon, the astronauts were trapped in the Lunar Module with rising levels of Carbon Dioxide. They’re only hope rested on NASA engineers back on Earth, who trying to solve a simple problem: How do we fit a square peg in a round hole? In this workshop you’ll have to think quick and come up with an innovative way to bring the astronauts home safely!

Presented By: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space


2. Renewable Energy – Engineering a Better World

The students will get to explore the idea of aerodynamics while building a mini-wind turbine. After building the base, students will get to design, build, and test their different blade styles. Throughout this process, the students will get to work with Purdue undergrads and can ask questions about college life and engineering. The activity will end with some discussion on the designs they built, and decide why the designs performed as they did.

Only 30 spots are available!

Presented By: Purdue Society of Women Engineers



3. Soldering Electronic Circuitry

Ever have difficulty making simple decisions that only require a YES or NO response? Well Purdue Student Pugwash is here to lend a helping hand! The activity will involve learning about electronic circuitry and being able to soldering your own Electronic Decision Maker. So if you get stuck between YES or NO, simply press the button and the LED lights will blink back and forth, eventually landing on a YES response or a NO response. We will be teaching and leading those who are interested the very basics of circuit components and soldering. No previous knowledge of either is required. By the end of the event, you’ll be able to take home your own Electronic Decision Maker and show it off. *Batteries included*

Only 30 spots are available!

Presented by: Purdue Student Pugwash

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4. Protective Capsule – Safety VS. Money

Students will get to experience the design process by building a protective capsule for an egg and dropping them from a two story height. They will get a limited amount of fake currency to spend on materials like cotton balls, popsicle sticks, tape, etc. Whoever can get their egg to survive the drop using the least amount of money wins! No parachutes or wings allowed.

Presented by: Society of Scientists and Engineers Purdue Chapter


5. Oil Spill Cleanup – A Giant Challenge

Oil spill always presents a unique set of challenges. The world needs innovators like you to step up and tackle these challenges. Act quick! Before strong winds come and push the spills further out, endangering more wildlife! Your help is needed!

Presented by: Society of Scientists and Engineers Purdue Chapter


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