November 22, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host a Science and Engineering Fair Monday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 9 p. m. in the Terrace Room, located on the second floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

Although the fair is open to the general public, the target audience is those who teach or coach middle and high school students. Scout leaders, club advisers, home schoolers, as well as science and technology teachers are especially invited to attend.

Team demonstrations

Fifty teams of first-year students will demonstrate  basic principles of engineering. As part of a mandatory course for engineers, the teams have designed and created three-dimensional gadgets, demonstration models, and computer simulations. Each team will have a station and audience members can wander among the groups and see how the inventions work.

Margot Vigeant, associate professor of chemical engineering, explained that the goal of the team assignment is to "illustrate concepts such as conservation of mass, momentum, and energy." 

Knowing that today's youth often learn best when they have visual cues and hands-on experience, Bucknell students invented teaching tools that will help convey basic science and engineering principles.

Products raffle

Each of the products created by the engineering majors will be raffled off for free at the end of the fair on Monday evening. Raffle winners can take the models back to their students for use in the classroom or for scouting experiences. Interested teachers also can apply for continuing education credits for participating in the fair. Light refreshments will be served. 
 
For more information, contact Vigeant at 577-1646.

Posted Nov. 22, 2006

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