Sunday, March 16, 2014

Girl Scout Engineers -- Go Blue!

My daughter and I had another Girl Scout outing -- just the two of us again (no troop). This one was at the University of Michigan North Campus.  The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) -- all undergrad engineering students at UM -- ran the event.  The girls loved working with college students -- they are much cooler than parents!  The engineering students did a really good "sell" convincing the girls that engineering is a great choice for college.

The girls completed all the requirements for the Junior Badge "Product Designer."  Amelia teamed up with two Juniors from other troops to finish the requirements of the badge.  The SWE students also gave the girls a tour of North Campus, including the new EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) building, Piedpont Commons, various computer labs, study areas and the library.  We also visited the 3D printing lab on campus, and they demonstrated how the printers work.  Very cool!

Here's a few pictures and a video of the event.

First the girls diagrammed a product, then came up with ideas to improve the design.
Tour time!  This is the new EECS building.

The bell tower on North Campus.

One of the panels from ENIAC, the first computer!

Checking out the 3D printers.

Some items made on a 3D printer.
Design time!  The girls had to design a vehicle that could carry 4 eggs down a slope (with a crash at the end) without the eggs cracking!

The girls did 3 test runs.  No eggs broke on the first run, then they improved the wheels, making the vehicle faster.  On the second run, two eggs cracked from a side collision with the wall.  The girls added some side protection before their third and final run -- no eggs broken!
Test run!
The girls' final design and test run -- all the eggs were safe!

The team -- they were very proud of their design.  And my daughter won the coin toss to take it home.

Their final design -- including names for all the eggs.  Yes -- all boys' names.  They decided that boys could be smashed for science.


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