Event Agenda

Fall 2009 Event

Friday,  March 19th 



9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Arrival, Registration, T-shirts & Folder Distribution ECS-105      (Mid-morning snack, Sponge activity, Survey) 

9:30 a.m.   Welcome and Opening Speech VEC-quad (Lily Gossage, Director, Recruitment/Retention)  

9:30 a.m.   Keynote Speaker VEC-quad (Jennifer Harris, Region B Governor, SWE)

9:40 a.m.   Why Women Should Be Engineers VEC-quad (Ellen Skow, President, SWE) 

9:50 a.m.   Agenda Review and Group Assignments (Belen Olloqui, Outreach Chair, SWE)       

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Workshops 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 a.m. Workshops 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7and 8 (group switch/ workshops repeat)  

12:30 p.m.    Lunch         VEC Quad 
      • Slime-Making, Cotton Candy Making, Activities & Displays  VEC Quad (SWE volunteers and RRC) 
      • Mobile Science Museum (Jim McKibben, Director, Science Learning Center)
      • Engineering Student Project Displays 

1:30 p.m.   10th Year Anniversary Cake-Cutting Ceremony Survey, Closing Comments, Gift Bags VEC-quad 

2:30 p.m.   Survey, Closing Comments, Gift Bags   ECS-105

3:00 p.m.   Departure, time-dependent on school site 

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1:  “Measuring Concrete Strength (the Slump Test)” (Location:  Concerete Lab) In Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering, it is important to determine the “workability” of a concrete mixture to ensure that it will be easy to handle, compact, and cure.  In this workshop, students will learn about the various factors involved in determining concrete strength. Students will learn how to do “Slump” test.

Workshop 2:  “Human Factors” (Location:  VEC-110) Human Factors is a branch of science, engineering, and technology that applies what is known about human behavior to the design of products for safe and effective use.  In this workshop, students will learn to identify bad product design and propose solutions.  Specifically, students will learn about human factors as it relates to air traffic management.  

Workshop 3:  “Designing the World in 3D (Solid Works)” (Location:  ECS-208) In the past, when Engineers wanted to design something, they tested out the concepts in the lab and then built small replica prototypes, not really knowing whether they would work. In today’s world, three-dimensional computer-aided design programs, such as SolidWorks, allow engineers to design computer models and validate real-world conditions by computer testing. 

Workshop 4:  “Digital Hieroglyphics (How Microchips Work)” (Location: VEC-115) The workshop will consist of a short introduction on electrical engineering to demonstrate how information is programmed onto microchips and how microchips translate information into something we can read. It will cover various examples of analog to digital systems. In the activity session, participants will be given a binary to decimal decode and handout with codes and a decimal code legend.