Twenty students from Wilson and Governor Mifflin High Schools experienced Engineering Day at Penn State Berks with the help of engineering students and the Berks LaunchBox. Their day included:
- Learning from and asking questions of college students involved in the FiERCE Program (Futures in Engineering: Role Models Can Empower), that investigates the effect of role-models and mentors on students’ interest and self-confidence in engineering. The college students shared what life is like as an engineering student at Penn State Berks and were led by Dr. Marietta Scanlon.
- Next they observed an Egg Drop competition between the colleges’ Engineering students.
- Lastly they worked with Patty Leshinskie and Michelle Hnath from the Berks LaunchBox on problem solving activities including:
- building newspaper bridges (competing on whose could hold the most weight)
- building prosthetic legs from recycled materials (competing to see who could walk the farthest on their leg)
Everyone had a great time!