PSS: exploring engineering through fun

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL ENGINEERING WEEK, RPI HOSTED children in grades three through six on February 22, for Exploring Engineering Day, an annual day filled with hands-on activities to help encourage young children to gain interest in engineering and related disciplines. Over 450 children and around 600 parents from around the Capital District attended the event. There were 14 workshops for the children to participate in, addressing a wide range of engineering topics. Activities included creating balloon cars, extreme newspaper construction, creating water filters, and tissue artery engineering. The workshops were headed by RPI students who are members of engineering professional societies and clubs. Parents were also able to participate in some of the workshops alongside their children. There was also a special student panel for parents to assist them in encouraging their children to consider getting involved in science, technology, engineering, and math. Exploring Engineering Day was coordinated by the RPI chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and the School of Engineering, with help from undergraduate and graduate student volunteers.