Author: Alexander Da Silva

SHPE Visits CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering

On April 7th, SHPE President Jason Santivanez (’18), Vice President Jhomar Fernandez Mayi (’17), Secretary Lara Huapaya (’19), Treasurer Tony Arreaga (’19), and Members Alexander Da Silva (’19) and Debbie Diaz (’20) Visited the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, a Capital Region Education Council School to participate in their STEAM theme day.

The group presented on their majors and, in line with the theme of the day, 21st century skills that they found important for succeeding in STEM fields. They also ran activities showing off developments in STEM.

This included a material science demo where liquid nitrogen was used to demonstrate a superconductor’s ability to levitate on a magnet, the change in material properties of a racquetball with respect to temperature was explored, and a delicious treat in the form of frozen marshmallows was a fitting reward to the enthusiastic kids.

A Makey-Makey board was used in another presentation to show how circuits work, and an assortment of video games like Super Mario and Pokémon were played as a team, using their hands, or play-dough in place of buttons.

SHPE looks forward to working with AAE again, and on doing similar events with other schools in the area.

EYF 2017 a Success!

EYF 2017 was by far the largest EYF to date, with over 200 8th grade boys coming to UCONN to participate in workshops run by SHPE, NSBE, and other engineering groups. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces as the participated in the workshops, and hearing the excited chatter as they finished their day showed the success of EYF 2017! After the kids left, the college students also gained a valuable experience by participating in a networking session with recent graduates and other professionals. All in all it was a rewarding day for all.