National Engineers Week

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In celebration of National Engineers Week, Watson College will host a variety of events Feb. 21-27, 2021! 

Monday, Feb. 22

STEM Virtual Trivia Night
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
8-9 p.m. online

Join IEEE for a fun game of STEM trivia! Questions will be related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and prizes will be awarded to the top contestants! Any current Watson student may register via B-Engaged should register here

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Regeneron: Networking & Information Session 
Society of Women Engineers, and Watson Career and Alumni Connections  
1-2 p.m. 

Register: https://regeneron.avature.net/events/ProjectDetail/New-York-United-States-SUNY-Binghamton-SWE-Networking-Session/2012 

Are you a student interested in the biotechnology industry? Join SWE and WCAC for a networking and information session with Regeneron! You will also have the opportunity to speak with Binghamton University alumni currently working at Regeneron who have helpful tips for your path forward.

Theta Tau Alumni Panel 
Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
6-7:30 p.m. (Zoom) 
Register: https://forms.gle/7QB2bwdXRWoENQN88 

All Watson College students are invited to join the Binghamton University chapter of Theta Tau, the nation’s oldest and largest engineering fraternity, in a young alumni virtual panel! Learn from recent Binghamton grads as they share their experience in industry and provide advice to engineers and young people in the process of making career decisions. Questions? Contact Hunter Williams at pwillia9@binghamton.edu. 

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Lockheed Martin Panel Discussion 
10-11 a.m.: https://binghamton.joinhandshake.com/events/690371 
2-3 p.m.: https://binghamton.joinhandshake.com/events/690374 

Join Watson Career and Alumni Connections as we host Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, in a career panel discussion during Engineers Week! Engineers from various fields will field questions on their career paths and experiences within the company. If you are interested in learning more about careers in engineering, potential career paths and life at Lockheed Martin, pre-register for this event.  Open to all Watson College years and majors. (Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.)

Freshly Information Session 
Watson Career and Alumni Connections
4 -5 p.m. online
Register here: https://binghamton.joinhandshake.com/events/675805 

Join Watson alumna Pooja Sanjiv Chitwadgi MS '19, an operations analyst at Freshly, for an overview of the company, her professional journey, and insights about what students can do to set themselves up for success. Advice regarding additional certifications, important technical skills, how to apply, and more will be shared.

How to Perfect Your Presentation in Less than 60 Minutes
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://binghamton.zoom.us/j/98558792830 
Attend this interactive workshop to learn how to make a perfect presentation! Attendees will receive an overview of different presentation styles, best practices, tools to assist in Microsoft and PowerPoint, tips for presenting, and advice for group projects over Zoom.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Globalfoundries Information Session
4-5 p.m. online
Register here: https://binghamton.joinhandshake.com/events/685762 

Watson Career and Alumni Connections hosts alumnus Benny Novoa (B.S. ‘19), a process engineer at Globalfoundries, for more than your typical info session! Benny is excited to share his professional experiences with current Binghamton University students who are interested in a career in semiconductor manufacturing. If you have a passion for science, engineering, and problem-solving then, this session is for you! 

Virtual Alumni and Friends Networking Night
5:30-7 p.m. online

Our annual Alumni and Friends reception will take place in a virtual “Networking Night” format.

We are excited to welcome Binghamton University alumnus Robert Kump ‘83, deputy CEO and president of AVANGRID Inc., to provide remarks about this year’s theme, “Imagining Tomorrow.”

Kump was appointed to the position of deputy chief executive officer and president of AVANGRID in June 2019. In this role, he leads the company’s accelerated growth strategy, ensuring the successful execution of the company’s strategic plan. Previously, Bob served as president and chief executive officer of AVANGRID Networks Inc., where he oversaw AVANGRID’s eight electric and gas utilities serving approximately 3.2 million customers across New York and New England. With more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, Bob has held a number of executive positions in finance, treasury and investor relations with the company. 

The virtual event will provide you with opportunities to hear about recent developments at Watson College from Dean Hari Srihari and to connect with our Watson community — faculty, staff, students, friends and alumni. In particular, our students would greatly benefit from hearing your insights about trends within your industry and tips for success.

REGISTER HERE FOR NETWORKING NIGHT

Saturday, Feb. 27

Community Day
10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. online
Sponsored by Watson College Dean's Office

These activities are free and open to all ages online. Carefully read through the descriptions below and then sign up ONE CHILD PER REGISTRATION FORM by Feb. 19: https://forms.gle/teYz7GucJacryC1X7 

Some activities require a goody bag pickup in advance. Goody bag pickup will take place from 12-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Binghamton University campus. 

  • ROUND 1: 10:30 – 11 a.m. 

    WATCH OUR MARS ROVER IN ACTION AND NAME IT!

    Mars Rover Team

    Come join us on Zoom and watch our Mars Rover Prototype drive around our lab, flip switches, and complete other tasks. After our demo, submit your best name suggestions for the rover. If we choose your name, we'll invite you to the Binghamton University campus at the end of the semester (COVID-permitting) to drive our rover around campus!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: All
    • Maximum number of attendees: No limit!

    WATSON COMBAT ROBOTICS SHOWDOWN

    Watson Combat Robotics League

    Join us to watch the first ever Watson Combat Robotics Demonstration as the WCRL executive team will be streaming a live match of sample fighting robots. Only one will remain! Come get a sneak peak of what you can expect from the April competition!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: All
    • Maximum number of attendees: No limit!

    BUILD YOUR OWN CATAPULT

    Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    SWE is excited to guide participants through the building of their very own catapult using just popsicle sticks and rubber bands! Participants will be challenged to design a catapult that can launch a ball as far as possible. Volunteers will help participants, give suggestions, and demonstrate their own successful catapult designs. At the end of the event, participants will present their design to others, and the person who can launch their projectile the farthest wins bragging rights!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Optional (pick-up available, or gather 20 rubber bands and popsicle sticks, tape/glue, and a bottle cap on your own) 
    • Age groups: Older Elementary School       
    • Maximum number of attendees: 30 per round (2 rounds)

    BLOOD MODEL IN A CUP

    Biomedical Engineering Society

    Have you ever wondered what's in your blood?? Your blood is one of the most important parts of your body to keep you healthy and alive, but what is it made up of? Is everyone's blood the same and what makes it all red and sticky? In this activity, we're going to make a blood model out of candies to understand the four main components of blood and their key roles in keeping us alive.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary School 
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25 per round (2 rounds) 

    PAPER PARACHUTE PENNY DROP

    Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

    Design and decorate your very own parachutes! See if you can land a penny or any household item to safety. Test how slow your parachute drops!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary School 
    • Maximum number of attendees: 50 per round / pre-recorded video

    EGG DROP

    National Society of Black Engineers

    This is your classical physics egg drop competition! When you think of an egg, the first thing that comes to mind is “fragile,” “delicate,” and the need to concentrate to prevent the egg from breaking. Now, what if we told you that you could change the narrative behind the egg's notorious reputation of fragility? Defy the laws of physics and build a structure that will make your egg invincible and remain intact despite impact.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Middle school and high school
    • Maximum number of attendees: 12 per round 
  • ROUND 2: 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    SINK OR FLOAT!

    Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Fraternity)

    Make a boat with tin foil and see how many pennies it can hold!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No – just have aluminum foil, coins, and a sink available!
    • Age groups: Elementary School
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

    HackBU

    Race to find common household objects for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: Middle School and High School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25 per round (2 rounds)

    MAZE BUILDING IN SCRATCH

    Girls Who Code

    Participants will get a partner at the beginning of the session and then will individually create a maze in Scratch (a programming language). Once everyone is done with their game, they will swap with their partner and try to complete the other's maze.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: High School (up to age 16)
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25 per round (2 rounds)

    WATSON COMBAT ROBOTICS SHOWDOWN

    Watson Combat Robotics League
    Join us to watch the first-ever Watson Combat Robotics Demonstration as the WCRL executive team will be streaming a live match of sample fighting robots. Only one will remain! Come get a sneak peak of what you can expect from the April competition!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: All
    • Maximum number of attendees: No limit!

    BUILD YOUR OWN CATAPULT

    Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

    SWE is excited to guide participants through the building of their very own catapult using just popsicle sticks and rubber bands! Participants will be challenged to design a catapult that can launch a ball as far as possible. Volunteers will help participants, give suggestions, and demonstrate their own successful catapult designs. At the end of the event, participants will present their design to others, and the person who can launch their projectile the farthest wins bragging rights!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Optional (pick-up available, or gather 20 rubber bands and popsicle sticks, tape/glue, and a bottle cap on your own) 
    • Age groups: Older Elementary School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 30

    BLOOD MODEL IN A CUP

    Biomedical Engineering Society

    Have you ever wondered what's in your blood?? Your blood is one of the most important parts of your body to keep you healthy and alive, but what is it made up of? Is everyone's blood the same and what makes it all red and sticky? In this activity, we're going to make a blood model out of candies to understand the four main components of blood and their key roles in keeping us alive.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25

    MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE

    Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)

    Build the tallest freestanding tower out of 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of string, and 1 yard of tape that will support 1 marshmallow in 18 minutes. Work in teams of up to 4 people!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: All ages
    • Maximum number of attendees: 50

    DIY ICE CREAM

    Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

    Want to save yourself the cold trip to buy some ice cream? Don't have a fancy ice cream maker at home? No worries! All you need is a plastic bag, a couple of ingredients, and your favorite toppings to enjoy homemade ice cream instantly!

    Parents: We ask that you please have at least one cup of half-and-half milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a few cups of ice ready for this activity. All other materials will be provided through pick-up.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 20 per round (2 rounds)

    HOMEMADE KALEIDOSCOPE

    Alpha Omega Epsilon

    See your drawings come to life in your own kaleidoscope! You can create endless patterns with this easy to make machine!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 80

    EGG DROP

    National Society of Black Engineers 

    This is your classical physics egg drop competition! When you think of an egg, the first thing that comes to mind is “fragile,” “delicate,” and the need to concentrate to prevent the egg from breaking. Now, what if we told you that you could change the narrative behind the egg's notorious reputation of fragility? Defy the laws of physics and build a structure that will make your egg invincible and remain intact despite impact.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Middle school and high school
    • Maximum number of attendees: 12 per round 
  • ROUND 3: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

    VIRTUAL SCAVENGER HUNT

    HackBU

    Race to find common household objects for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: Middle School and High School
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25 per round

    WHAT’S IT LIKE TO STUDY ENGINEERING?

    Watson College Advising Office

    Student workers will be available for a Q&A to talk about their experiences as engineering students, what it's like to study in their major, why engineering is a great field to pursue a career, and more!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: High School   
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    EGG DROP

    Pi Tau Sigma (Honor Society for Mechanical Engineers)

    The egg drop challenge is to design and build a device that will hold an egg and protect it from breaking from a high fall! Gather all of your supplies from home and join us on Zoom to create and test your design! Some material ideas are: plastic sandwich bags, tape, paper cups, popsicle sticks, glue, paper towels, sponges, etc. You can use anything available around the house - so get creative! 

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No, use household items (just have an egg ready!)
    • Age groups: Elementary School    
    • Maximum number of attendees: 50

    MAZE BUILDING IN SCRATCH

    Girls Who Code

    Participants will get a partner at the beginning of the session and then will individually create a maze in Scratch (a programming language). Once everyone is done with their game, they will swap with their partner and try to complete the other's maze.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: High School (up to age 16)
    • Maximum number of attendees: 25 per round (2 rounds)

    DIY ICE CREAM

    Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE)

    Want to save yourself the cold trip to buy some ice cream? Don't have a fancy ice cream maker at home? No worries! All you need is a plastic bag, a couple of ingredients, and your favorite toppings to enjoy homemade ice cream instantly!

    Parents: We ask that you please have at least one cup of half-and-half milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a few cups of ice ready for this activity. All other materials will be provided through pick-up.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: Elementary school  
    • Maximum number of attendees: 20 per round (2 rounds)

    EXPLORING CRYPTOGRAPHY

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    Learn how to make a cryptography pinwheel and an enigma machine to decode secret messages!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: All ages – special project for middle and high school  
    • Maximum number of attendees: 30

    *Pre-recorded video, but IEEE members will be present on Zoom for one hour to assist! 

    OOBLECK POOL

    Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

    Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid that has properties of both a solid and a liquid. Feel around in the Oobleck pool and understand the laws of nature. Maybe it is possible to walk on water after all!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes
    • Age groups: All ages     
    • Maximum number of attendees: 50 
  • Pre-Recorded

    BEARCAT DASH (CODING MINI-GAME)

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Honor Society for Computing and Information)

    Baxter (the Binghamton University bearcat) is running late to class! Help Baxter Bearcat get to class on time by writing your own code in this Scratch mini-game.

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: Elementary School       
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    PAPER AIRPLANE COMPETITION

    Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA)

    Watch a pre-recorded video showing how to make paper airplanes a bunch of different ways! We’ll explain the important information needed to make a fast paper airplane with a perfect flight pattern! 

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No (just have a few pieces of paper and a paperclip handy)  
    • Age groups: All ages        
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    VIRTUAL SHOP AND VEHICLE TOUR

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    We will take you on a tour throughout our shop to show you where we build all of our race cars! You'll get to see all the cool machinery we use to make our cars every year, as well as our past and current projects! We'll also give you a unique perspective on what exactly makes our vehicles so fast, and what it's like to drive one of them!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No
    • Age groups: All ages     
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    LIGHT UP AN LED WITH POTATOES

    Eta Kappa Nu (Honor Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

    Want to light up an LED (light) with a potato? Come join us and see how some everyday food items can be used to conduct electricity to power on a light!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? No (purchase your own supplies to recreate the experiment later on your own!) 
    • Age groups: Middle School       
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited

    PAPER PARACHUTE PENNY DROP

    Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering Honor Society)

    Design and decorate your very own parachutes! See if you can land a penny or any household item to safety. Test how slow your parachute drops!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Supply your own coffee filter, napkin, yarn, paperclip and eraser
    • Age groups: Elementary School 
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited 

    ORIGAMI ENGINEERING

    Roberson Museum and Science Center

    Join Roberson Museum and Science Center as we explore how paper can be transformed from a flat sheet of material into a useful and dynamic technology. In this session, we will lead you through three foldable projects demonstrating how the ancient art of origami is being utilized by engineers around the world!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Print the template on your own
    • Age groups: Elementary school (4th grade and above)
    • Maximum number of attendees: Unlimited for pre-recorded session

    POPSICLE STICK CATAPULTS

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Join ASME in building your own popsicle-stick catapult and get a 3D-printed balancing bird to enjoy too!

    • Pick up goody bag in advance? Yes  
    • Age groups: Elementary School       
    • Maximum number of attendees: 50

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