UE Engineering OPTIONS Program (June 11-12, 2014)
Engineering OPTIONS is a summer camp for high school women who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Evansville. The week-long program mixes fun with work and learning about four different engineering disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
In 2014, I represented the Mechanical Engineering discipline. I chose an energy efficiency project from the Concord Consortium (http://concord.org/projects/engineering-energy-efficiency) that would introduce the students to concepts such as heat transfer, solar heating, energy vs. power, and energy efficiency. We combined hands-on experimentation, instrumentation, and computer simulation.
It was quite a challenge to implement, but I strove to create a meaningful introduction to engineering experiment and design rather than a simpler build-this-and-see-what-happens approach. I was impressed with the students academic background and enthusiasm. Hopefully, there are some future mechanical engineers in the making!