Rogers Elementary School students recently had an opportunity to learn about engineering from real engineers.
Several engineers talked to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students about their jobs and helped students with an activity that used skills needed in their particular field of engineering.
Students made a model lung with the help of biomedical/mechanical engineer Cassandra Svendsen from HLT Medical and biomedical engineer Katrina Sanders from Boston Scientific. They learned about conductors and insulators from design engineer Kevin Jenkins from General Dynamics.
3M electrical systems engineer Matt Gilson and manufacturing process engineer Gerrad Bailey taught the students about simple circuits.
3M Mechanical Engineer, Joe Etter and Chemical Engineer Severin Chandler helped the students to design marshmallow shooters.
Tim Rocheford, a parent of one of the STEM students, discussed how he uses computer assisted design software to design cars, and the University of Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders told students about how EWB helps solve problems for people around the world. Students were able to choose the type of engineering activity that they were interested in learning about.