In early March, over 1,000 faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students came together for a week-long celebration of everything engi-nerdy. In a festival of duct-taped professor competitions, trivia nights, and moon bouncer obstacle courses, Cal’s College of Engineering took part in a nation-wide celebration known as National Engineers Week. The capstone event, held on Saturday, March 12, was the annual Engineering For Kids (E4K) outreach science and engineering extravaganza. Hundreds of local families came to campus that chilly morning to introduce their 4th – 6th grade children to all kinds of engineering fun.
Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE) organized an elephant toothpaste activity and a foil boat competition. “The students seemed very interested in the various aspects of the demonstrations, and we were able to describe engineering concepts,” said GWE club chair, Katie Strausser from mechanical engineering. But grads didn’t have all the fun! Peter Wakahiu, an undergraduate majoring in both electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) and materials science and engineering (MSE) represented the Black Engineering and Science Students Association (BESSA). Peter taught 5th graders and their parents about Archimedes’ principle. “Water plus kids equals fun,” he said. “I especially enjoyed their natural progression of curiosity.”
Did you miss out on National Engineers Week and E4K? Don’t worry, Cal Day is just around the corner! On Saturday, April 16, please join us on campus, along with thousands of other Cal students, faculty, and staff for a huge variety of activities. Youth events will be specially marked with bear logos. Follow this link to search for the science-related Cal Day events. Save the date, and I’ll see you there!