Major: Mechanical Engineering
The Engineering Ambassadors will present on the applications of digital lighting; Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for a multitude of applications beyond lighting. This includes communications and large scale applications of LED lighting systems. Students will be exposed to technological advances that they probably never imagined and how crucial they are to the electronic devices they enjoy in today’s world. The presentation is suited for but not limited to general middle school class, technology and physics (core, regents and AP) classes.
Action Reaction is a presentation centered on how the basics of chemical reactions can be applied to engineering. The basic principle of a chemical reaction being a rearrangement of atoms is explained using the formation of water molecules. Then, the five key signs of identifying chemical reactions are introduced with video demonstrations of each. For the hands on activity, the “elephant toothpaste” reaction is introduced. It is a safe reaction involving dilute hydrogen peroxide decomposing to air and water with an iodine catalyst. Doing this reaction in the presence of dish soap creates a column of foam. The students then preform this reaction, making a tall column of foam. Finally, presenters explain how reactions like this are used in all branches of engineering to help improve the world.
An increasing number of disasters affecting communities worldwide has prompted the need to better prepare, respond and recover in order to reduce human suffering and loss of life and money. In response to that: the research community is uniting efforts on the investigation, documentation and analysis of recent disasters to better understand the dynamics and particularities of Post-disaster Humanitarian Logistics. The presenters talk about common misconceptions people have of what to donate to survivors and how engineering can be useful in the field of Humanitarian Logistics. Students then simulate a donation drive in a hands-on activity.