Free Youth Event Explores Engineering on Feb. 18

BURLINGTON – On February 18, Grade 5-12 students will have an opportunity to meet engineering professionals and explore various types of engineering and career options through networking and hands-on, skill-building workshops.

Discover Engineering, a free day-long event, will be held at the University of Vermont (UVM). It is sponsored by the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and Vermont 4-H.

The event gets underway with the engineering scavenger hunt. Participants will visit exhibit tables staffed by engineering businesses, organizations and student groups to find answers to the questions. This activity allows youths to learn about different kinds of engineering and career pathways.

Afternoon workshops will focus on a range of topics including python coding, water rocket propulsion, robotics, nanotechnology, bridge design, aerodynamics, precision measurement and beam deflection and its relationship to motor and pump design. Students also can build a car with UVM’s Alternative Energy Racing Organization or take part in an engineering design challenge with staff from GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor manufacturer with a facility in Essex Junction.

The BSA STEM Merit Badge Day will be held in conjunction with Discover Engineering. Registered Boy Scouts and Venturers, ages 11-17, will work on requirements for badges in composite materials, electricity, railroading, astronomy, oceanography, communications or soil and water conservation, among others. Scouts interested in this option should review the BSA STEM Merit Badge information or check with their scoutmaster.

Registration is required by February 8. For details or to register, go to uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister at (802) 888-4972, ext. 402, by January 27. Morning refreshments, snacks and box lunches will be provided.