On Friday, November 18th we hosted a special field trip, titled “What’s Engineering?”. On this day, sixty fifth-grade students from the Edison K-8 school classes came in to learn more about physics: Catapults and Egg Drop.
After a quick introduction to Northeastern and the Center for STEM Education, we opened the floor to Nicolas Fuchs, Assistant Coordinator for the Center for STEM Education with expertise in Mechanical Engineering. Nicolas gave an illuminating presentation on what engineering is. The students were educated on the origin of Catapults and how to successfully partake in an Egg Drop off of Isaac’s Bridge. The first project was the catapults students had three test trials before competing. The second project was the Egg Drop students created a safety nest for their eggs before they went for lift-off.
During lunch, our NEU student volunteers hosted a college 101 panel, in which visiting students could ask any questions about college, engineering, science, etc. Thank you to our panelists: Erika, Munin, Courtney, Stephanie, Katie, Kelsie, Caitlyn, Emma, Surendran, Michaela, Caroline, and Katherine! Finally, we wrapped up the day with an informal campus tour, visiting various interesting sites on campus.