UCSD EWH Outreach
STEM with Casa Familiar
The Engineering World Outreach Team has organized an engineering education program with students in the San Ysidro area in hopes of inspiring them to pursue a career in a STEM field. Through monthly one-day projects, the Outreach Team hopes to provide students with a hands-on learning experience that will equip them to some day tackle the world's toughest problems.
Some activities that we've done with these students include:
- LED spider project made using 3-volt batteries, egg carton pieces, and pipe cleaners.
- Makey-Makey: Designed by two graduate students at MIT Media Lab, MaKey. MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. The MaKey MaKey uses a USB cord to connect its circuit board to your computer. The circuit board takes over the functionality of certain key on your keyboard or mouse, like the space bar or the mouse click. That is where the fun begins. Using alligator clips you can connect the space bar function of the MaKey MaKey controller to the end of a banana, or a pencil, or a piece of Play-Doh, and make that object the keyboard or mouse input. Just touch your “banana” and you control the functionality of the space bar on the computer.
- MindFlex: an interactive game that uses a wireless headset that reads your brainwave activity. Concentrate...and the ball rises on a cushion of air! Relax...and the ball descends"
If you have any other questions (about weekly outreach meetings or getting involved in any of the above events), please contact our outreach officer, Simha Sankar, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you are interested in joining the 2014-2015 Outreach Team, please fill out this google form.