Events & Programs

Science On Wheels – Engineering

Delve into the world of invention and problem solving while exploring the knowledge, skills and tools used to change our lives. Program robots, build and test the strength of bridges and buildings and investigate new materials as you stretch them to their limits.


 

Assembly

Join us as we design, test and redesign inventions inspired by the world around us. Learn about the process engineers follow to build anything from electricity-making wind turbines to soaring rockets!

Requirements:

  • A stage or performance area
  • One large table for presenter(s)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to sound system, if available

 

Exhibits

Discover what engineering is all about! Construct an arch bridge as tall as you, manipulate marble mazes, experiment with lasers and make wheels turn using engines and gears. Construct, connect, create and contemplate the wonders of today’s engineering. Exhibits in English and Spanish.

Requirements:

  • 8-10 large tables (no chairs)
  • Access to electricity
  • Depending on package, adult volunteers may be required to facilitate exhibits

 

Workshops

45-minute hands-on workshops are taught in your classrooms. Each educator can choose a topic from the list below under the appropriate grade level.

Grades K-2

Machine Makeover: Try your hand at being an inventor as you create a Lego Duplo Toolo® machine to help solve everyday problems. As mechanical engineers, you design a machine that will lift beams or scoop rocks!

Super Structures: Build structures that will stand tall! Perform tests to discover what makes a strong and stable building using foam blocks, wooden dowels, and mini foundations.

Radical Robots: How can robots help us solve problems? Kibo® robots will temporarily take over your classroom as you explore the world of robotics while becoming real robot programmers. Please move desks and chairs to the edges of the room prior to this workshop.

Grades 3-5

Bridge the Gap: Will your bridge survive? Test the limits of a K’NEX® bridge and discover what makes it stronger. Document camera highly recommended.

Material World: Receive a mystery substance that you can bounce, twist and stretch to the limit! Brainstorm creative ways people might use it. Enjoy handling the mystery substance, which is a non-Newtonian fluid, that both flows and breaks. Document camera highly recommended.

Get In Gear: How does a mechanical engineer design an amusement park ride so that it spins the fastest? Explore the spinning, whirling world of gears. Document camera highly recommended.

Radical Robots: Meet Kibo® the robot, and watch as your students use Kibo to develop and optimize programs and complete challenges while discovering the world of robotics and basic program design. Please move desks and chairs to the edges of the room prior to this workshop.

Grades 5-8

Bridge the Gap: Will your bridge survive? Test the limits of a K’NEX® bridge and discover what makes it stronger. Document camera highly recommended.

Enviro-Sleuths: Where should the town build the new mall? As environmental engineers, students determine water quality by testing pH and analyzing the presence of bioindicators. Student data is used to predict environmental impact on Yourtown, USA. Document camera highly recommended.

Wired Up: What is the best pathway for electricity? With the right connections, you can make bulbs light and motors run. Document camera highly recommended.

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard recommended
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Each workshop can be taught only once during each time block even if it is listed for two different age groups
  • Workshop specific requirements are noted in each description

Questions? Review our Science On Wheels – Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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