Building the Future

Program description: Building the Future is an outreach activity of the Iowa Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi – The Engineering Honor Society. The event brings middle school students and their teachers to the ISU campus to experience hands-on engineering. Activities are based around the scenario of a tornado hitting a small town and what engineers can do to help. Following a general session at the beginning of the day, the students will undertake 4 different activities all specially designed to introduce them to various types of engineering:

(i) the students will visit the Iowa State University Tornado Simulator to obseve a scale model tornado that resembles what occurs in nature,

(ii) using popsicle sticks and brass fasteners, they build a bridge to replace one destroyed in the tornado that allows an ambulance to cross a ravine,

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(iii) using popsicle sticks, plastic spoons and other materials they build a wind energy generator to provide power for the emergency efforts

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(iv) using groundwater models they investigate how chemical spills or other pollution might affect the ground water and water supply for the town.

The day concludes with a general session about what they learned that engineers do.

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Activities:  Groups of students rotate between the 4 activities, each of which lasts about 45 minutes.

Lunch – two pieces of pizza and a drink are provided to participants at a cost of $3.00 per person.

Event date/time: The 2017 Building the Future event will be held on on Thursday, 16 November 2017 from about 9:15 am to 1:30 pm.

Following is a flyer describing the 2017 Building the Future event (pdf)

Location: Activities will take place in Sukup Hall Atrium and rooms 1215 and 3223 and Howe Hall – room 1380.

Parent Permission Agreement: To participate in Building the Future the following agreement needs to be completed and signed by the student’s parent/guardian and brought to event (pdf)

For more information contact LeVern Faidley, Iowa Alpha Chief Advisor, at levern@faidley.org or the Iowa Alpha Project Officers by sending an e-mail to: tbp-projects@iastate.edu.