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.