November 9, 2015

Media Contact: Angelica Quach

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cal Poly to Host Middle School Students at Building an Engineer Day Nov. 14

WHAT: An event that features non-stop, hands-on activities, Building an Engineer Day immerses 8- to 14-year-olds in the many possibilities an engineering career can offer. Cal Poly engineering club representatives will lead more than 12 labs spanning disciplines such as structural, mechanical, civil, environmental, electrical, materials and agricultural engineering. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students will also experience “Lego Engineering and Robotics,” a class taught by guest lecturer Steven Aguilar, a math and science teacher from Mulcahy Middle School in Tulare, Calif.

WHO: Hosted by the Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the event is expected to draw about 250 students from elementary and middle school throughout the San Luis Obispo area and beyond. Participating schools include Lillian Larsen Elementary (San Miguel), Adam Elementary (Santa Maria), Arellanes Junior High (Santa Maria), Miguelito Elementary (Lompoc), Santa Lucia Middle School (Cambria), Mulcahy Middle School (Tulare) and others.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Labs, classroom and other areas surrounding Engineering Plaza (map)

WHY: “Most students this age don’t have a clear understanding of what being an engineer means,” said Angelica Quach, middle school outreach chair for Cal Poly’s SWE. “Building an Engineer Day allows them to use their math and science knowledge to explore the various engineering disciplines in a fun, interactive way.”

PHOTO/FILMING OPPORTUNITIES: (All activities will occur from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m.)

— K’nex Bridge Building – Engineering West Building (No. 21), Room 242 

— Egg Drop – Engineering IV Building (No. 192), Room 242 and Engineering Plaza 

— Ice Cream Making – Engineering Building (No. 13), Room 124

— Speed Radar Gun Activity – On Highland Avenue near Engineering Plaza and in Engineering IV Building (No. 192), Room 106

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