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Engineer the Future

February 22-24, 2018

Inspire your students to explore a career in engineering as they engage in hands-on activities, interact with professionals in the field, and check out presentations at more than 40 event tables. On Thursday and Friday, high school students are invited to Career Café, a fast-paced introduction to engineering careers in an informal setting. They can check out dazzling demos, enjoy café-style beverages, and chat with industry professionals. Limited capacity. Preregistration is required.

Students will engage in hands-on activities and see dazzling demonstrations, which might include:

  • Playing Sphero Bowling by coding Sphero robots to roll around the floor and knock over various items, courtesy of Carnegie STEM Girls.  
  • Making high-bounce balls with volunteers from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
  • Building a racecar with a clothespin, straw, twist ties, and buttons and seeing how fast it goes, thanks to The Frick Pittsburgh.
  • Learning about electrical safety from Eaton by seeing how a circuit breaker works and how an overloaded outlet can cause the circuit breaker to trip. 
  • Seeing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ working lock model. The lock acts like a “water elevator” to move vessels from differing pool elevations using gravity.
  • Building a clay boat designed to hold as much weight as possible and testing it with pennies under the supervisions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Making paper bridge piers and trying to outwit “The Crusher” from HDR, which demonstrates the amount of deflection—the degree to which a structural element is displaced under a load—of a “bridge deck” with piers vs. without piers and local deflection between piers.

Event times:
Thursday, Feb. 22, 9 am – 3 pm
Friday, Feb. 23, 9 am – 3 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 am – 3 pm

Reserve your spot today! Call 412.237.3400, then press 7.

Career Café is sponsored by Duquesne Light

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