By observing Leonardo Da Vinci’s intricate models, you will be guided through some of the engineering considerations in his notebook designs, gain an introduction to gears and the energy-harnessing methods used back in Da Vinci’s day but applied in a contemporary context.
Learn more about engineering techniques as we investigate the smart materials and simple solutions used to provide stability to structures in the event of extreme events and that save lives in the process.
Smart electronics can be used to manage water in our environment. In this activity, an electronic soil moisture probe, which detects the absence of moisture in the soil, is constructed using modern electronics. The soil moisture probe sounds an alarm and flashes a light when the soil needs watering.
Work together as a team to create an innovative floating house using drinking straws and tape. Will your prototype float or sink?
Explore a case study from the Vietnam War and learn about prosthetic limbs. Out of basic materials, creatively build an arm to complete basic tasks, such as a high five, picking up and throwing an object. Uses creative thinking and engineering design to address a social problem.