National Engineers Week - Community Day

Community Day: Saturday, Feb. 26

Innovative Technologies Complex, Binghamton University (in-person)

Sponsored by Watson College Dean's Office and Watson Career and Alumni Connections 

In celebration of National Engineers Week from Feb. 20-26, Watson College will host our annual Community Day event for children and their families. These fun, hands-on STEM activities are free and open to all ages!  

  • Session 1: 9-11 a.m.
  • Session 2: 12-2 p.m.
  • Session 3: 3-5 p.m. 

Advance registration is required by Friday, Feb. 18: 
https://forms.gle/qzwU7rWy6HpvMDhd8 

Capacity is limited to 100 individuals (including parents/guardians) per session to keep a low density in the venue. Sign up for one of the three available sessions while space is available. Masks are required indoors.

  • Morning Session: 9–11 a.m. 

    SuperCar Driving Simulator

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    Feel like a real race car driver in the seat of the 2019 Student Formula chassis. Take a lap on the same track the pros do and set a time in our realistic racing simulator!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Egg Drop

    Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) 

    The egg drop challenge tasks you to design a device that will protect an egg from breaking after a high fall! Use various supplies to create and test your design! Some material ideas are: plastic sandwich bags, tape, paper cups, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, balloons, and more. All supplies will be provided. Get creative!

    Age groups: Elementary school

    Seismic Shakeup

    Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA)

    Kids will assemble a structure using skewers and Play-doh / marshmallows / Silly Putty, and it will be clamped to a "seismic simulator" to see if it withstands an earthquake that the kids will simulate.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Make Your Own Heart Pump

    Biomedical Engineering Society and Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)

    Discover the science behind what makes your heart pump. Create a heart model to show how your heart pumps blood to all the parts of your body. You will also learn about blood pressure and what 120/80 means. Come prepared to get messy! 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Help Build a Mars Rover

    Mars Rover Team

    Check out the Mars rover and other cool prototypes! You’ll get to learn from the subsystem teams about how they’re building the rover and the engineering processes of brainstorming, prototyping, and design. We’ll be looking for your help with brainstorming new additions to the rover — we might even add a whole new part if you’re creative enough! 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Easy Ice Cream

    Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

    Do you like ice cream? Did you know you could make ice cream at home? With the power of ice and a little bit of salt you can make yummy ice cream in a bag! Stop by for a frozen treat and to learn a little bit about chemistry!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Fighting Bot Matches and Simple 3D Printing Lesson

    Watson Combat Robotics League

    Check out a live Watson Combat Robotics competition between two fighting bots — only one will remain! Plus, learn about 3D printing and print a little figurine to take home with you.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Spaghetti Spires

    oSTEM

    Teams will be given 20 pieces of spaghetti, clay, tape and 20 minutes to build the tallest tower possible. Get creative, work with your friends, and see who can hold the title of Supreme Spaghetti Spire.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    “Pasta-La-Vista” Tower

    Watson College Scholars Program

    Do you like to build structures? Then the “pasta-la-vista” tower activity is perfect for you! You will have the chance to compete against other students to see who can create the tallest tower using marshmallows and spaghetti.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Marshmallow Challenge

    Tau Beta Pi

    Can you build the tallest tower in 18 minutes? All you get is 20 sticks of dry spaghetti, one yard of string, and one yard of tape. Oh, and you must have it support one marshmallow on top! If you think you have what it takes, try your hand at a design challenge that even experienced engineers have completed during their curriculum. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Whatever Floats Your (Candy) Boat

    Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    Come make your very own tin foil boat and see how much candy it can hold! The more candy it can hold before sinking, the more you will get to take home! The goal is to make the most creative boat with the most cargo, so get ready for the challenge!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Amateur Radio 

    In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action to assist emergency efforts and work with public service agencies. Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station.

    Age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School 


    Catapult Launch Challenge

    Theta Tau (professional engineering fraternity) 

    At the Catapult Launch Challenge you will attempt to build the strongest catapult to launch a soda bottle cap the furthest distance! You will need to combine the provided household materials with basic principles of physics to construct a catapult that will help you reach various targets for points! This activity is perfect for all ages and will help you learn a fundamental understanding of concepts like kinematics and engineering design while having fun!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Swimming Season

    Watson Scholars Program

    What do you think is stronger: soap or water? And since when can seasoning swim? Learn about what properties make water capable of being either friend or foe to certain substances and how this relates to our environment, the animals around us, and even your own body!

    Age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School (up to age 16)

  • Midday Session: 12-2 p.m.

    Bottle Rockets

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Join ASME in building bottle rockets! Participants will learn how to design and decorate a bottle rocket and watch it fly high into the sky. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Life As An Engineering Student

    Watson Advising Office Peer Advisors 

    Join the Watson Peer Advisors for a panel discussing what the day-to-day life of an engineering student looks like! We will have students from biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering as well as computer science.

    Age groups: High school (up to age 16)

    Paper Airplane Competition 

    The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

    Enter into this friendly competition to see who can make the longest-flying and best-looking paper airplane. We’ll explain the important information needed to make a fast paper airplane with a perfect flight pattern!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Simple Game Programming

    HackBU

    See what's going on behind the scenes with your favorite games. Mess around with the code and see what fun effects happen!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    SuperCar Driving Simulator

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    Feel like a real race car driver in the seat of the 2019 Student Formula chassis. Take a lap on the same track the pros do and set a time in our realistic racing simulator!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Egg Drop

    Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) 

    The egg drop challenge tasks you to design a device that will protect an egg from breaking after a high fall! Use various supplies to create and test your design! Some material ideas are: plastic sandwich bags, tape, paper cups, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, balloons, and more. All supplies will be provided. Get creative!

    Age groups: Elementary school

    Make Your Own Heart Pump

    Biomedical Engineering Society and Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)

    Discover the science behind what makes your heart pump. Create a heart model to show how your heart pumps blood to all the parts of your body. You will also learn about blood pressure and what 120/80 means. Come prepared to get messy! 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Help Build a Mars Rover

    Mars Rover Team

    Check out the Mars rover and other cool prototypes! You’ll get to learn from the subsystem teams about how they’re building the rover and the engineering processes of brainstorming, prototyping, and design. We’ll be looking for your help with brainstorming new additions to the rover — we might even add a whole new part if you’re creative enough! 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Easy Ice Cream

    Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

    Do you like ice cream? Did you know you could make ice cream at home? With the power of ice and a little bit of salt you can make yummy ice cream in a bag! Stop by for a frozen treat and to learn a little bit about chemistry!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Fighting Bot Matches and Simple 3D Printing Lesson

    Watson Combat Robotics League

    Check out a live Watson Combat Robotics competition between two fighting bots - only one will remain! Plus, learn about 3D printing and take home a little 3D printed figurine.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Tetrahedral Challenge 

    Diversifying Coding Program (D-Coding) 

    Using marshmallows and toothpicks, students will have the chance to build a simple tetrahedral. The neat thing about each tetrahedral is that they are made mini, so we can combine them to make a massive tetrahedral. Teaching students about symmetry, fractals and the golden ratio. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Spaghetti Spires

    oSTEM

    Teams will be given 20 pieces of spaghetti, clay, tape and 20 minutes to build the tallest tower possible. Get creative, work with your friends, and see who can hold the title of Supreme Spaghetti Spire.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    “Pasta-La-Vista” Tower

    Watson College Scholars Program

    Do you like to build structures? Then the “pasta-la-vista” tower activity is perfect for you! You will have the chance to compete against other students to see who can create the tallest tower using marshmallows and spaghetti.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Marshmallow Challenge

    Tau Beta Pi

    Can you build the tallest tower in 18 minutes? All you get is 20 sticks of dry spaghetti, one yard of string, and one yard of tape. Oh, and you must have it support one marshmallow on top! If you think you have what it takes, try your hand at a design challenge that even experienced engineers have completed during their curriculum. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Whatever Floats Your (Candy) Boat

    Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    Come make your very own tin foil boat and see how much candy it can hold! The more candy it can hold before sinking, the more you will get to take home! The goal is to make the most creative boat with the most cargo, so get ready for the challenge!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Amateur Radio 

    In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action to assist emergency efforts and work with public service agencies. Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station.

    Age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School 

    Catapult Launch Challenge

    Theta Tau (professional engineering fraternity) 

    At the Catapult Launch Challenge you will attempt to build the strongest catapult to launch a soda bottle cap the furthest distance! You will need to combine the provided household materials with basic principles of physics to construct a catapult that will help you reach various targets for points! This activity is perfect for all ages and will help you learn a fundamental understanding of concepts like kinematics and engineering design while having fun!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    DIY Lava Lamp Experiment

    Alpha Omega Epsilon (engineering sorority) 

    Want to learn about the incredible properties of water while making a cool take-home science experiment? Make your own DIY lava lamp! After decorating the outside, add water, oil, and food coloring, then drop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet and watch the magic happen.

    Age groups: Elementary school

    Swimming Season

    Watson Scholars Program

    What do you think is stronger: soap or water? And since when can seasoning swim? Learn about what properties make water capable of being either friend or foe to certain substances and how this relates to our environment, the animals around us, and even your own body!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16) 

  • Afternoon Session: 3–5 p.m.

    Bottle Rockets

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Join ASME in building bottle rockets! Participants will learn how to design and decorate a bottle rocket and watch it fly high into the sky. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school 

    Simple Game Programming

    HackBU

    See what's going on behind the scenes with your favorite games. Mess around with the code and see what fun effects happen!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    SuperCar Driving Simulator

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    Feel like a real race car driver in the seat of the 2019 Student Formula chassis. Take a lap on the same track the pros do and set a time in our realistic racing simulator!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Make Your Own Heart Pump

    Biomedical Engineering Society and Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Biomedical Engineering Honor Society)

    Discover the science behind what makes your heart pump. Create a heart model to show how your heart pumps blood to all the parts of your body. You will also learn about blood pressure and what 120/80 means. Come prepared to get messy! 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    “Pasta-La-Vista” Tower

    Watson College Scholars Program

    Do you like to build structures? Then the “pasta-la-vista” tower activity is perfect for you! You will have the chance to compete against other students to see who can create the tallest tower using marshmallows and spaghetti.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Marshmallow Challenge

    Tau Beta Pi

    Can you build the tallest tower in 18 minutes? All you get is 20 sticks of dry spaghetti, one yard of string, and one yard of tape. Oh, and you must have it support one marshmallow on top! If you think you have what it takes, try your hand at a design challenge that even experienced engineers have completed during their curriculum. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Whatever Floats Your (Candy) Boat

    Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    Come make your very own tin foil boat and see how much candy it can hold! The more candy it can hold before sinking, the more you will get to take home! The goal is to make the most creative boat with the most cargo, so get ready for the challenge!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Amateur Radio 

    In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, ham radio operators can swing into action to assist emergency efforts and work with public service agencies. Amateur radio operators make friends around the world and can even communicate with astronauts on the International Space Station.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school 

    Fighting Bot Matches and Simple 3D Printing Lesson

    Watson Combat Robotics League

    Check out a live Watson Combat Robotics competition between two fighting bots — only one will remain! Plus, learn about 3D printing and take home a little 3D printed figurine.

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

    Tallest Cup Tower

    Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

    In this activity, you will be given cups, tape, and popsicle sticks to make the tallest, sturdiest tower you can. All ages are welcome to test their creativity and design skills. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    Tallest Cup Tower

    Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

    In this activity, you will be given cups, tape, and popsicle sticks to make the tallest, sturdiest tower you can. All ages are welcome to test their creativity and design skills. 

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school

    DIY Lava Lamp Experiment

    Alpha Omega Epsilon (engineering sorority) 

    Want to learn about the incredible properties of water while making a cool take-home science experiment? Come by and make your own DIY lava lamp! After decorating the outside, add water, oil, and food coloring, then drop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet and watch the magic happen.

    Age groups: Elementary school

    Swimming Season

    Watson Scholars Program

    What do you think is stronger: soap or water? And since when can seasoning swim? Learn about what properties make water capable of being either friend or foe to certain substances and how this relates to our environment, the animals around us, and even your own body!

    Age groups: Elementary school, middle school, high school (up to age 16)

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