What is Engineering?
Summer camp fun continues at IQuest
NASA for Kids: Intro to Engineering
Fun Facts about Engineering
From space exploration to the water slide, engineering makes our lives more fun and exciting.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
- The snowboard was invented by an engineer? With some engineering twists and turns along the way, the snowboard has become a marvel of geometry, chemistry, and bio-mechanics. Since the snowboard allows deft turns, ski manufacturers have quickly adopted some of the snowboard innovations, enabling skiers to turn with less effort.
- Engineers design running shoes for protection, performance, and comfort? Engineers understand how much force travels from the ground through the shoe to the foot. Through the work of engineering, weight is distributed throughout the whole foot -- heel to toe.
- A civil engineer created the slippery part of the water slide? A civil engineer designed a pumping system to circulate just the right amount of water to the flume. Without the right flow of water, there is no ride. Additionally, civil engineers have designed the slide to withstand the weight of people, the water, and even the force of the wind blowing on it.
- The launch and return of spacecraft, from the Apollo to the Shuttle, is a monumental engineering triumph? The space program has greatly expanded the world's knowledge base. The technological advancement by engineers in energy, communications, materials, structures, and computers, have made space travel possible.
- The Ferris Wheel is considered one of the greatest engineering wonders in the world? The first Ferris Wheel was created by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania engineer, George W. Ferris, in 1893. The wheel is supported by two 140-foot steel towers and connected by a 45-foot axle -- the largest single piece of forged steel ever made at that time.
Join the Engineering for Everyone Camp at IQuest to learn about what engineers do. Understand the thought process of engineers, as you collaborate with fellow engineers to work on solutions for projects throughout the week. This camp is taught by Shana Shaw, an Engineering professor at Austin Community College. Camp date: Aug 8 - 12, 1 - 4pm. For Ages 8 - 12 yrs. Seats are limited.
The 2016 American Solar Challenge & Formula Sun Grand Prix
If you happen to be traveling to any of the regions below during your summer vacation, here's a great opportunity to see young inspiring engineers in action:
The American Solar Challenge (ASC) is a competition open to University level students to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. Teams will be going on an 8 day 1800+ mile road course traveling through 7 states from Brecksville, OH to Hot Springs, SD. The ASC route will include stage/checkpoints at 9 national parks, historic sites, or partner properties throughout the Midwest.
The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2016) will be held at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt Race) in Wampum, PA! The Formula Sun Grand Prix is a track event that is held on grand prix or road style closed courses. This unique style of racing truly test the limits of solar cars in handling curves, braking, and acceleration. Strategy applied during these three day events is different than what is applied on the cross-country event. Whether you get involved in ASC/FSGP 2016 as a participant, volunteer, sponsor, or bystander, this event offers a great opportunity to learn about and enhance the world of solar car racing. Read more
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