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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!