Wed, Feb 20 2013
LeTourneau University’s School of Engineering and Engineering technology will host an “E-Week” engineering workshop for nearly 130 participating high school and middle school students from the East Texas area. LETU’s E-week event will run from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology, on the LETU main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., in Longview.
Beginning with registration and lunch at noon, students will split into groups to engage in a variety of engineering activities, including modeling and design labs. Middle school students will also participate in an occupational discussion from professionals in the engineering field, titled “What Do Engineers Do?” Each grade level will have a faculty member or engineering professional leading the conversation, tailored to each grade’s skill level, with welding and trebuchet labs and demonstrations for high school students and a simple design project for middle school students.
“Engineers week, which we call ‘E-Week,’ is a national event to promote the contribution of engineers to society and to encourage the nation’s youth to explore engineering as a career path,” said LETU engineering professor Jeffrey Johnson, who is coordinating the event. “Some activities include interactive sessions working with electronics, structures, 3D solid modeling and materials joining. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a sampling of what an engineering education looks like first hand.”
LETU’s event is part of the National Engineers Week, which unites institutions across the country to inspire and impress people of all ages with the pervasive importance of engineering technology in our modern society.