Students participate in a minimum of three engineering events per year, from their freshman year through their senior year of high school. Frequent and sustained contact with promising students is critical to motivating these young people to study engineering. In order to keep students engaged, ET has developed a robust curriculum and continues to work with partners in the private sector (such as engineers at Bloomberg and GE) to create experiments that are exciting and cutting-edge to appeal to the expectations of this generation of students.
At each conference, students engage in two hands-on, practical experiments where they apply disciplines from chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil and other engineering fields. ET volunteers also give interactive presentations where students learn about famous engineers, the different engineering disciplines, and the significant problems solved everyday by engineers. Guest speakers, who are generally female and are often ethnic minorities, speak to high school students about their experiences in the engineering field and lead students in engaging Q&A discussions. To date, ET has hosted approximately 1,300 students at conferences. Students have taken part in experiments that focus on: 3D printing, water reuse, water desalination, wind energy, robotics, structural engineering, catapult and machine learning, solar energy, biomedical radiation treatment, and aerodynamics.