On Monday, March 13, physical science honor students at Saeger Middle School took a field trip to the St. Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, where they learned about various facets within the field of engineering. During the trip, students visited four different engineering labs – civil, biomedical, electrical, and aerospace- mechanical. Students were excited to be on a university campus and to learn the possibilities of pursuing engineering as a career within a tech-driven world.
“It was so much fun to see the students get so excited about moving a robot or listening to an engineering student explain their research,” said science teacher, Ellen Hall. “The trip helped them understand what engineers actually do and how important they are to our world.”
The students met with professors, undergraduate, and graduate students who spoke to them about the research being conducted in their labs. In the labs, students saw meticulously designed robots that could be used for medical procedures such as spinal surgery and synthetic human skin, devices used to distribute medicine in the body, and even wind tunnels to test model planes. At the end of the field trip, they had the chance to become “young engineers.” They split up in teams and designed a dome using straws and masking tape that would hold a book for ten seconds. The dome had to be structurally sound with a large diameter.
“The aerospace and biomedical labs were the most intriguing,” said physical science honor student, Sophia Perez. “It gave me a sense of inspiration to become an engineer to help solve some of the many problems revolving around our world today.”
This trip encouraged students to see, firsthand, a few disciplines in engineering and the impact they could make through consistent learning, innovation, and creativity.
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