For children ages 8 – 12.
Explore science, math and engineering topics in this series of fun interactive classes. The classes are taught by an engineer with an aerospace degree. He has 20 years of experience designing special machines and robotic equipment that are used to make everything from automotive parts to kitchen blenders.
February 8 – This session will focus on DNA. Learn about the blue prints that make up all living things. What is DNA and why is it so important and so useful. Then we will put on our CSI hats and extract some DNA in a hands on experiment.
February 22 – This session is entitled “Egg Drop.” Learn what momentum and impulse are. We will discuss how different materials carry loads and change momentum into a force. Then in honor of National Engineering Week, we’ll use different materials to build our own safety capsules to protect an egg that we will drop test.
March 8 – This session will focus on waves and sound. Discover what a wave is and how this relates to sound. We will experiment with different kinds of waves on a wave machine. We will also build our own devices to see sound waves and learn to “see” with sound waves.
March 22 – This session will focus on craters and meteorites. Learn about what killed the dinosaurs… meteorites. We will explore what happens when a meteorite hits an object like the Earth or Moon and creates a crater. Then in a hands on experiment we will learn how scientists can study a crater and estimate how big the meteorite was that created it.
April 5 – This session will examine structural engineering. Learn why engineers use the shapes they do when designing buildings, bridges and other structures. We will take what we have learned and build structures using only paper and tape to support objects many times heavier than the paper.