Gannon University Hosts Engineering Day

Posted: March 11, 2016

A zip line, a tower made of K'NEX construction toy system and a crash test are among the projects that will engage more than 70 students from Walnut Creek Middle School in Millcreek at Gannon University's annual Engineering Day Friday, March 11 at 9 a.m.

The middle school students will take part in activities that introduce the concepts and techniques of engineering. By coming to an intuitive understanding of engineering, students may choose to become engineers themselves. A parallel goal is to expose middle school children, especially those from groups that are typically underrepresented in the mechanical engineering community, to some basic ideas of the engineering field.

The students will hear from Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Business Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., as well as from the student leaders of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapters at Gannon. Members of those organizations will staff the event and interact with the middle school students.

The Walnut Creek students will also get advice on the kinds of classes that will best prepare them for a college major in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that are increasingly in demand by employers. Engineering Day is supported by a Diversity Action Grant from the ASME.