Sept. 29, 2012


We will need volunteers for the educational sessions with the middle and high school students to encourage and engage the kids in interactive engineering activities.

 * Lunch /snacks will be provided and a parking voucher is available for the volunteers.
 * Volunteer T-Shirts will be distributed to help better identify individuals for the students, parents, teachers and counselors to request help as needed.

*** Engineering Food***
o   Bio engineering, chemical engineering (composition of water substrate, genetics of plants)
o   Show ways to get food to mars and hydroponics and how they can be used to grow food and make O2
o   Use a calorimeter to determine the calories in staple foods that will be taken to Mars
o   Have them design a full set of meals for a day that meet nutritional needs and can be made with the materials that they bring or grow there
o   Sculpt one element of the meal out of dough

***Balloon Astronaut***
o   Bio-mechanical Engineering, structural engineering, space suit engineering (what materials to use in what order to support itself and the astronaut)
o   Talk about suit and space station design and what materials are used to keep astronauts safe
o   Fill small balloons with water and try to protect them from “micro-meteoroids” using various protective materials (each represent a suit/layer component)
o   Taught using the scientific method

*** SVO Rover Activity***
o   Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering (electricity/wiring to make it run, actually constructing a machine that works) technology to make the rovers wireless
o   Shows how we can explore Mars with limited risk to humans
o   Rover race/competition to see whose works the best in each group

***Habitat Design***
o   Civil engineering, industrial engineering and Technology
o   Design a habitat that will meet all needs for protection as well as experimentation and living needs
o  Must also meet space/size requirements
o   Actually build the habitat
o    2 students using computer graphic software
o   3 students working hands on with simulated materials

*** Transportation/Rockets***
o   Aerospace engineering, everything else engineering
o   Show current forms of propulsion and experimental forms of propulsion as well as rocket/shuttle designs, then have them design their own with 2 liter bottles
o   Each group get to launch water bottle rockets in the parking lot


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Xuan VandeBerg Harris

Date and Time

Sat, Sept. 29, 2012

7:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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