The Tau Beta Pi K-12 MindSET program is having a fantastic 2013, so far! In the past six months, 650 K-12 students have participated in MindSET activity sessions. Successful MindSET projects are currently taking place at the University of Maryland (MD Beta), the University of Florida (FL Alpha), Florida International University (FL Theta), Georgia Tech (GA Alpha), Howard University (DC Alpha), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY Gamma), the University of Tennessee (TN Alpha), among many others.
To date, more than 30 collegiate chapters of Tau Beta Pi have hosted MindSET hands-on K-12 activity sessions with local K-12 schools. TBP alumni are beginning to take the initiative to start MindSET projects with the help of alumni chapters or on their own. The K-12 MindSET program has big plans for the Teacher Professional Development component of the program beginning soon. Stay tuned and please let us know if you’d like to get involved.
This week the James Dyson Foundation announced that the 2013 James Dyson Award is now accepting entries through August 1, 2013. “The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The contest is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation), who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.” Visit the website for more information
The SeaPerch Utah Underwater Challenge took place this week through a partnership between the BYU School of Engineering and ten local K-12 schools. The contest is a sort of “academic twist on the traditional swim meet and the first engineering competition of its kind in Utah.” The student teams have had several months to build a robot to complete the Underwater Challenge of removing weighted rings from a swimming pool.
Randy Hurd, UT B 2012, is a graduate assistant at BYU who worked with engineering professor Tadd Truscott to help coordinate the project along with more than 60 undergraduate volunteers from BYU. “A lot of government agencies, the Department of Defense in particular, are interested in encouraging kids in these fields. They’re worried that in 10 years, there won’t be enough qualified people to fill all the positions they’ll have available,” Hurd said. “A lot of kids are intimidated by math and science, but we can kind of spark their interest with an event like this.”