The College of Engineering would like to be invited to visit junior high and high schools to encourage students to consider engineering as a major and a career.

If you are an elementary school you are invited to apply to take part in Elementary Engineering Week in February. For more information about registration please visit https://www.coe.utah.edu/k12/k-12-events/

Elementary school teachers are also welcome to check out our engineering kits to run your own hands-on activities in your classroom, please visit https://www.coe.utah.edu/k12/resourcesmaterials/ for more information.

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.

Designed For: Junior High and High School Classes

Time: 45 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

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