Dare To Create is an after school program geared towards engaged high school students in engineering. SWE participated in this by creating a hands-on activity for these students to do. The students in the afterschool program are from underrepresented communities. We thought it would be a good idea to develop an activity to have the students create something to take home. A SWE member and myself began by introducing ourselves and talking about our majors. Then I talked about the importance of diversity in engineering. Following, we showed a video of an innovative engineering idea that could change the way we live. Lastly, we did an activity related to engineering. Being an electrical engineering student I chose the activity to be one dealing with electronic components. I got the idea from a DIY video on YouTube. Together with the students, we built an electronic pet powered by a small motor, 5V of battery, and a switch! We used a nut to offset the motor so the pet would move around uncontrollably. These components where mounted on a cleaning brush which created a very cute pet. The students were very engaged in the activity and even problem solved their way to a solution when the nut would come off of the motor. The event was a success because students asked questions and and seemed enthusiastic about the activity. I shared my contact information and told the students to contact me if they had questions about campus or life in general or if they wanted to come tour the campus. I believe this event was important in investing in future engineers.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)