The Engineering Explorations class is a service learning course in which students use their knowledge of math and science to design products that address current needs in our community. The 2014 class worked with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum in Champaign. The museum has been unable to expand or update their exhibits due to financial stress in recent years. They asked if our students could design an air maze to attract more visitors and field trips for the museum. Students surveyed the space, interviewed stakeholders (museum staff and visitors), and studied several existing air maze models before settling on a design that would meet the museum’s needs. They worked collaboratively to design, build, and install the exhibit. They also developed educational material for use by museum visitors and an outreach event involving local 2nd graders to unveil the exhibit.
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Wearable Tech Outreach is an after school program aimed at getting kids excited about engineering. During Spring 2015 the program was held at the Champaign Public Library with 6th graders from Edison Middle School. Uni High students led these 6th graders through a variety of e-textile projects, helping the kids turn their ideas into beautiful and functional finished products.
During the Summer of 2015, the Wearable Tech Club will be held at the Douglass Community Center with 3rd - 5th graders. During Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 we will be at a local elementary school in Champaign or Urbana. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Ms. Denos (denos)