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 perform 4 different activities all specially designed to introduce them to various types of engineering:
(i) 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,
(ii) they program a search and rescue robot using Lego Mindstorms kits to search for survivors,
(iii) using popsicle sticks, plastic spoons and other materials they build a wind energy generator to provide power for the emergency efforts
The day concludes with a general session about what they learned that engineers do.
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 2016 Building the Future event will be held on on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 from about 9:15 am to 1:30 pm.
Following is a flyer describing the 2016 Building the Future event (pdf)
Location: Activities will take place in Sukup Hall – Rooms 1215 and 1218 and Howe Hall – Room 2220 (Toying with Technology classroom).
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)