“Next Generation of Engineers” Presented by the Parsippany NAYGN Chapter
For the second year in a row, the “Morristown Neighborhood House” welcomed ENERCON’s Parsippany office to host a science and engineering event for their 3rd graders participating in their afterschool students program. The event consisted of a class discussion about how electricity is generated and how it reaches consumers. Students were then split into three groups and rotated between Mechanical, Electrical, and Civil Engineering stations.
The Mechanical Engineering station used foam rocket launchers and model turbines to explain the concept of hydraulic pressure. An anemometer and model turbine were used to demonstrate how the flow of fluid can create a rotary motion. In the Electrical Engineering station, the children explored the relationship between magnetism and electricity by building different circuits. This led to an understanding of creating electricity via a rotation and a generator. Concepts such as current and voltage were explained to the children. The Civil Engineering station used marshmallows and toothpicks to build a structure which the children then tested on a shake table. The concepts of columns, beams, and structural supports were explained to the children.
After the children went through the three stations, a working steam engine which acted as a mini power plant to light a bulb was used to demonstrate how the three stations were interconnected because the steam flow created a rotation (mechanical), which connected to a generator to create electricity (electrical), and the whole system required stability and support (civil). This final station, along with nuclear fuel pellet demonstration samples, were used to bring together how a nuclear power plant works to bring electricity to our homes and schools every day. The children enjoyed the event and left with a better appreciation for power generation.
Westinghouse Electric Corporation Visits Westinghouse High School, Pittsburgh
On Friday, September 16th, 2016, engineers from Westinghouse Electric Co. partnered with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to spend the day at Westinghouse High School for their annual Day of Caring. Westinghouse’s Day of Caring is about giving back to the community and to do so, they helped to beautify the school property by planting bulbs and mentored students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A few of Westinghouse’s personnel, including returning alumni of the school gave presentations and lead discussions for 30 students.
One activity demonstrated the type of creative thinking skills and process knowledge engineers use daily included pairing small groups of students with an engineer to build the tallest tower they could make out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The students were very engaged in the challenge in front of them and listened closely to what their mentors had to say about engineering approaches to the task.
Entergy NAYGN Presents Exhibit at Louisiana’s STEM Expo
On Friday April 22, 2016, River Bend Station’s NAYGN participated in the Baton Rouge Earth Day like they have for the past several years. Each year, they set up a booth with snap circuits on display and allow children to reorganize the Lego-like pieces to make different circuits. While the children are having fun playing with the circuits, the group explains how the circuits they created work. Once they have gone over the basics of electricity with the children, they would then transition into explaining how electricity can be created from nuclear power and what all the benefits of nuclear power include. Over the past few years, the booth has been growing in popularity and this year they reached over 200 children. Not only did the event reach hundreds of children, but a local school teacher stopped by the booth and after hearing the NAYGN group’s presentation, the teacher asked the group to present their exhibit at the upcoming Louisiana STEM Expo.
On May 6, NAYGN’s River Bend chapter sent four members to present their exhibit at the Louisiana STEM Expo. Using the snap circuits, they were able to engage more than 250 children to create interest in electricity and educate them about electrical power generated from nuclear energy. The exhibit was very successful and is a great example of how one student outreach event can grow from a local to a state level! More info on the event can be found at www.laearthday.org and www.lastemexpo.org.
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