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The College of Engineering invites you to visit us on campus and wants you to invite us to your school.


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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.

Note: We are currently booking visits for the 2013-2014 academic year. Check back after April 2014 to book a visit for the 2014-2015 academic year.


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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Description of Activities

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

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

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

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

Oobleck
Recreating the famous green slime teaches students about shear thickening fluids. The lesson is reinforced as students run through a mixture of a specific shear thickening fluid.
Designed For: Elementary, Junior High and High School Classes
Time: TBD

Golf Club Test
Students are introduced to two types of metals used in making golf clubs. They will then test the clubs to see which one hits the farthest. Concepts of math and graphing are used to analyze trends.
Designed For: Junior High Math Classes

Asphalt
Learn about different sizes of aggregate used in creating concrete and asphalt. Students will combine aggregate and specialty cement to make edible asphalt.
Designed For: Junior High Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Robots
Students are introduced to basic computer programming, and learn how to program a robot that writes the first letter of each student’s name. Depending on time, other programming challenges are presented, including King of the Hill and mazes.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Lip Gloss
Students mix ingredients, making lip balm in an assortment of flavors and textures. This demonstration outlines the processes chemical engineers use to make cosmetics.
Designed For: Junior High 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: Elementary, Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Spaghetti Towers
Students construct towers using pasta and other “cement.” Each structure will then undergo weight-bearing testing.
Designed For: Elementary, 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

Super Bouncy Balls
Making bouncy balls from soluble substances teaches students about the chemical properties within all substances.
Designed For: Elementary and Junior High School Classes
Time: 30 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

Crystal Radio
Students learn about radio waves, how they are captured and build their own sound-projecting devices.
Designed For: High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Perfume Distillation
Students are introduced to basic chemistry and the distillation process. This guides them in creating their own perfumes.
Designed For: High School Classes
Time: 120 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

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

Electronics Investigation
Dismantling electronic devices gives students a glimpse at the components that make electronics function: capacitors, resistors, inductors, transformers, etc.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

Solar Cars
Constructing solar-powered cars teaches students about photovoltaic properties. They will also learn about efficiency and perpendicular angles as they try to create movement. Other alternative energy concepts, such as fuel cells, can also be introduced.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 – 90 minutes

Egg Drop
Through constructing and testing egg-protection devices, students learn about creating a technology-based business. By developing a device that protects an egg while rolling down stairs or being dropped from a ladder, they’ll also learn about fiscal responsibility.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 60 minutes

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

Water Filtration
Students discover how particulates are filtered from the water supply as they construct a water-filtering device.
Designed For: Elementary, Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Description of Presentations

Electricity and Electrical Engineering
Students are introduced to basic electrical concepts (voltage, current, resistance and Ohm’s law) while observing electron movement through noble gasses. Through completing a circuit and learning how turbines create electricity, students experience how Electrical Engineers manipulate electricity flow to design components.
Designed For: Junior High School Science and Math Classes
Time: 25 minutes
See also Electronics Investigation

Rocks and Materials Science
Through observing six types of materials, students examine how rocks are used in nature, and how mineral extraction leads to creation of new materials.
Designed For: Junior High School Science Classes
Time: 25 minutes

Bridges
Students discover the art and science of bridge-building, including how strength varies with shapes and about load distribution. They then analyze different bridge designs and discuss the attributes that make each weak or strong.
Designed For: Junior High School Science and Math Classes
Time: 25 minutes

Math in Motion
Students learn how math creates computer graphics, and how mathematical concepts, such as trigonometry and calculus, drive camera movement on a computer screen. They also learn how graphing is integral to creating computer graphics.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Math Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Students review six areas of Civil Engineering and how these areas shape everyday life. Concepts of geotechnical engineering and earthquakes are demonstrated.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Science Classes
Time: 40 minutes
See also Gum Drop Tower Activity

Open the Door
Students learn about seven engineering disciplines and how they each continually improves their daily lives.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Math and Science Classes
Time: 30 – 60 minutes

Engineering Your Future
Students discover how engineers have influenced and improved their favorite hobbies. They also learn what it takes to be an engineer.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes
Time: 30 – 60 minutes

Biomedical Engineering Saves Lives
Students gain insight into how problem-solving biomedical engineers save and improve lives.
Designed For: Junior High Science Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Forces and Mechanical Engineering (Roller Coasters)
Students uncover how engineers make roller coasters fun (and safe) by harnessing physics. The focus: how Kinetic and potential energy create the mechanism of a roller coaster.
Designed For: Junior High Science Classes
Time: 45 minutes

Panama Canal
The concept of locks is presented to students and how these engineering marvels move ships uphill in the Panama Canal.
Designed For: Junior High Science Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Engineering Dubai
Students discover how advanced Civil Engineering is creating marvels in Dubai, such as manmade islands, dynamic architecture and building the world’s tallest building.
Designed For: Junior High Science and Geography Classes
Time: 45 minutes
See also Gum Drop Tower Activity

Engineering Las Vegas
Students peer into how engineering shaped Las Vegas, including the technology behind Cirque du Soleil, the Hoover Dam, the Bellagio fountains and slot machines.
Designed For: Junior High Science Classes
Time: 30 minutes

Generating Wind Energy
Students gain insight into wind turbine designs and efficiency, the economics behind their construction, as well as uses for wind energy.
Designed For: Junior High and High School Science Classes
Time: 15 minutes
See also Wind Turbine Activity

Space Engineering
Students shift toward the cosmos, learning how technology makes it possible to gaze into space and explore the surfaces of planets and moons in our solar systems. They also get a sneak peek at upcoming technology that will enable humans to see farther into the universe.
Designed For: Junior High Science Classes
Time: 15 minutes

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