Students participate in several engineering events each
year, from freshman through senior years 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 create experiments that are exciting and relevant
to appeal to the expectations of this generation of students.
Several experiments have been modeled on cutting-edge projects
of senior level engineers at ET. For example, the phototherapy
breakout was developed by Bill Woodburn to replicate the work
he has done to find a cure for Grover’s Disease and the sanitation
breakout was developed by Jim McHale, an ET volunteer, to expose
students to the engineering challenges he faced in creating a
SATO toilet system in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some ET breakouts are
also the product of the ET summer intern program. Through this
program, top engineering students, from schools like the University
of Notre Dame, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Manhattan
College, work alongside ET’s Curriculum Director to develop new
experiments and enhance the current curriculum.
a) Introduction to Engineering Presentation
At each conference, students engage in two hands-on, practical experiments
where they apply disciplines from chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil
and other engineering fields. The ET Curriculum Director also delivers
a presentation about famous engineers, the different engineering disciplines,
and the significant problems solved everyday by engineers. Guest speakers,
who are usually college engineering students, speak to high school students
about their experiences and lead students in engaging Q&A discussions.
To date, ET has hosted approximately 2,000 students at conferences. Students
have participated in experiments that focus on: 3D printing, water reuse,
water desalination, wind energy, robotics, structural engineering, catapult
and machine learning, sanitation and global health, solar energy, biomedical
radiation treatment, and aerodynamics.
Students attended Engineering Tomorrow Conferences
b) Two Breakout Experiments
c) Guest Speakers
Discuss educational and professional experiences as engineers
Lively Q & A between students and engineers
After participating in a conference, students are invited to
take part in a field trip that complements the conference breakout experiment(s).
It is important for students to see the real world applications of their
Approximately 500 students have participated in these field trips.
Ken Earl, Plant Manager, leads students on a tour of CPV Energy Center
in February 2017.
Engineering Tomorrow Lab at Preston High School (Bronx,NY)
ET also connects with students through activities at the “Engineering Tomorrow Lab” at Preston High School (Bronx,
NY), which opened in September 2017. Teachers are invited to bring their
math and science honors and advanced placement classes to the lab, and
they are given the option to customize their experience by selecting
the breakouts for the day. Due to the smaller group size (approx. 40
students), engineers leading the experiments are able to introduce more
technical and advanced engineering concepts at these events.
a) Mini conferences for Honors and AP Science and Math classes
To maintain the energy and intellectual curiosity that is sparked by the conferences, field trips and labs, ET
supports teachers in starting and enhancing school-based engineering
clubs. ET gives teachers ideas for engineering projects and activities,
shares lesson plans and provides necessary equipment and funding.
Schools are able to use equipment, like wind tunnels and stress strain
testers, that they would otherwise lack the financial resources to
Students from the Notre Dame Academy Engineering Tomorrow
Club work on the catapult/machine learning breakout.