Outreach / Section Spotlight

Section Spotlight: WVU 8th Grade Day

On February 16th, the WVU Section of the Society of Women Engineers hosted their annual 8th Grade Day. On this day, about 50 8th grade students came to the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources to learn more about engineering. The students went to eight different stations during the day to complete math and science activities. The stations were Chemical Engineering, Popcorn Science, Mining Engineering, Water Filtration, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. At the Chemical Engineering Station, the students made bouncy balls, and at the Popcorn Science station, learned more about Food Science and Agricultural Engineering. The Mining Engineering Station and Water Filtration Stations were the favorites of the day. At the Mining Engineering Station, the students learned about collecting core samples by “drilling” into layered cupcakes with straws. At the Water Filtration Station, the students learned how water can be made potable with slow-sand filters, especially in underprivileged areas. The Electrical Engineering Station debuted robots and a potato clock while the students competed to make the most economical computer-program generated bridge at the Civil Engineering Station. Lastly, the students made baby hovercrafts and pop-bottle cars at the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Stations. It was a major event with a lot of student organizations involved, but the hard work definitely made an impact on the students. Some of the comments at the end of the day included, “It really made me have a good idea of all of the fields and helped me choose my better path for college” and “The event was really interesting, I loved the hands on projects!”

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