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Youths Can Explore Engineering, Science Interests in Rose-Hulman Program

October 31, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Explore Engineering program is planning another fun-filled and educational year that allows youths in grades six through 12 to explore their interests in engineering, science and technology.

      Explore Engineering 2012
  Hands-On Learning: Middle- and high-school students complete several projects each year, like building mouse trap-powered vehicles, in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Explore Engineering program.

The 2012-13 school year has been proclaimed "The Year of the Robot" on campus. So, the Explore Engineering program is planning to incorporate robotics activities in each meeting this year.

Programs will begin on Tuesday, November 6, from 7-8:30 p.m., with Explorers having the opportunity to participate in one of three activities: Introduction to Robotics, Learning About Electronic Circuits and Popsicle Bridge Building. There is a $10 participation fee for each meeting, which begin in Room M-137 in Myers Hall on the east side of campus.

The robotics project will have Explorers working in two-person teams to make an iRobot Create robot sing, dance and more. The iRobot Create robot is a programmable Roomba vacuum-cleaner robot, but without the vacuum cleaner. There will be several Rose-Hulman computer science and software engineering students on hand to help teams accomplish their goals and have lots of fun. This session has been organized by Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor David Mutchler.

The circuits project will provide a great introduction to electronics by using brightly-colored electronic components that snap onto a clear plastic base to build different circuits. Once completed, the device will send a propeller flying upwards through the air. This activity has been organized by members of Rose-Hulman's Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Civil engineering students will help Explorers design and construct model bridges from a set of popsicle sticks that must span a set distance and meet other construction specifications. After completion, the bridges will be tested to see how much weight they can carry.

Other meetings are planned on February 5 and April 16, also from 7-8:30 p.m. Activities will include robotics, mouse trap-powered vehicles, toolbox racers and more electronics projects.

Registration/liability forms and program information are available at www.rose-hulman.edu/ExploreEngineering or contacting Dale.Long@rose-hulman.edu.