Engineering involves the application of mathematical and scientific knowledge, along with problem-solving skills, to the design of buildings, bridges, or manufacturing processes. Over the years, the Catalysts for Change engineering workshops have included the following topics:
Engineers apply science and math to build and manufacture products that can solve everyday problems. In this activity, students work in teams to design, build and test the integrity of a small bridge for maximum weight capacity.
Students learn how electricity flows by buiding “buzzer circuits,” using a battery, cables, and a switch. (When the buzzer sounds; it’s working!) Students draw the circuits before assembling the materials, just as engineering professionals would do.
Solar Power and Energy
This activity introduces students to the electronics of solar cells and to the process of maximizing the efficiency of these solar panels.