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The College of Engineering invites elementary schools to visit us during Elementary Engineering Week in March. We also would like to be invited to visit junior high and high schools to encourage students to consider engineering as a major and a career.


When we visit you

In-Class Presentations: Our curriculum-based presentations trigger your students to think about using science and math in their daily lives. These lessons can be presented by current engineering students, alumni working in engineering, or faculty and staff from the College of Engineering.

Demonstrations: We bring hands-on, exciting engineering projects to your school that demonstrate real-world mathe and science applications.

Scroll down (below the request form) for a list of presentations and activities with full descriptions of each.


You visit us

Field trips to the University of Utah: You are invited to bring your students to visit the College of Engineering. With advance notice, we can arrange lab visits, campus tours and hands-on demonstrations.

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Activities

Balloon Rocket Activity
Discover technology that makes space exploration possible and gain first-hand insight into the concepts of aerodynamics. To achieve this, students create balloon-powered rockets and test how far each will travel.
Designed For: Junior High Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Catapults
Learn about forces, such as tension, and the motion that can occur as a result. Students will construct a catapult and determine which length of level is most effective. Adaptations include: engineering a catapult that launches three feet and another that launches 40 feet. With each adaptation, students create a graph and analyze the data.

Cookie Processes
Cookies introduce students to process engineering. Students will explore food processing by creating a mechanism that generates a large quantity of identically frosted cookies.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 40 minutes

Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Diaper Polymer Activity
This interactive project teaches students super-absorbent polymers. They will dismantle different brands of diapers to determine which brand absorbs the most moisture.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Gak
An introduction to process engineering as a component of chemical engineering. Students will follow a specific process to make slime.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Gum Drop Towers
Learn about the materials and technology used to build skyscrapers. After discussion, students will build a structure and test its strength through an earthquake.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Heart Valve Activity
Heart valve function introduces students to fluid dynamics. Students will construct a heart valve that only allow fluids to travel in one direction.
Designed For: High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Paper Rockets
Introduce your students to aerodynamics. They will equip paper tube rockets with fins of varying shapes and sizes and launch them with a bike pump launcher.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Robots
Students are introduced to basic computer programming, and learn how to program a robot that will undertake certain commands. Depending on time, other programming challenges are presented, including mazes.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Roller Coasters
Potential and kinetic energy are demonstrated as students create a track to move a marble from one point to another.
Designed For: Junior High Classes
Time: 20 minutes

Spaghetti Towers
Students construct towers using pasta and other “cement.” Each structure will then undergo height testing.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Water Bottle Rockets
Bottle rockets teach students about air pressure and aerodynamics. After constructing a bottle rocket, they will use trigonometric functions to determine the maximum height of their rocket’s launch.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Wind Turbines
Students examine how turbines generate electricity by constructing wind turbine blades that generate enough voltage to light an LED.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 minutes