117 seventh graders from STEM Launch in Thornton have received a first-hand look at how multidisciplinary engineering can be, thanks to an outreach fair organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering students.
The Early Engineering Exposure Fair (Triple E Fair) on March 1 was comprised of 16 interactive exhibits to demonstrate diverse engineering fields such as air quality, wind energy, robotics and microfluids. Undergraduate and graduate students studying mechanical engineering volunteered to display some of their own class and research projects.
The middle schoolers tested out each of the exhibits, allowing them to experience what a mechanical engineer does every day.
“All of the exhibits are very interactive,” said mechanical engineering PhD student Austin Hayes, who organized the Triple E Fair. “The students can see different engineering concepts, watch the experiments happen and ask questions. They’re hopefully seeing that mechanical engineering is not just building cars. It’s all sorts of things.”