Engineering Ambassadors Presentation Team is looking for new members for the 2014-2015 school year!
To apply, fill out our application HERE.
For more information, please visit our recruitment webpage!
UConn Engineering Ambassadors have been asked to address the problems that the students are presented with by helping them focus on building a plan. There is no training required for this opportunity, just a scientific mind and positive attitude.
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Amy Hernandez & Josh Leveillee VPs UConn Engineering Ambassadors – General Body
By Carolyn Williams
On November 28th 2011, UConn’s Engineering Ambassadors paid a visit to ESUMS, the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in West Haven, Connecticut. Here, a few of the Engineering Ambassadors Presentation Team members taught multiple classes about designing for failure, an important civil and environmental engineering concept. Examples of crumple zones on cars and the importance of preparing for uncontrollable external variables are just two of the many ways this concept was explained to students. The students were then provided with marshmallows and toothpicks, and with these materials created the highest building possible that would withstand a powerful earthquake simulated by a shake table. Cheers were heard from the successful groups with still-standing buildings, while sighs of frustration prompted the failed buildings to be evaluated again and rebuilt. Not only was this activity teaching how to design for failure, but also providing insight on the importance of working with a team and being persistent to create the best possible design with the provided materials. The students of ESUMS enjoyed the break from a typical school day, and learned some quality lessons in engineering while having fun as well. Engineering Ambassadors looks forward to teaching and inspiring more and more students through outreach visits, and continues to open doors for many future engineers.
By Samantha Brantley
Engineering Ambassadors planned a variety of entertaining and scientific activities in celebration of National Engineers Week, which took place February 20-24th this year. Some of these activities included topics like static electricity, simple circuitry and friction that were all represented in a fun and easy way to help all UConn students get involved and have a better understanding of engineering at the Student Union. Students who participated in these events were able to enter a raffle to win a chance to “walk on water,” or walk across a vat of “oobleck” consisting of cornstarch mixed with water, on Friday the 24th in the ITE lobby. Celebrating National Engineers Week was a blast for both the members of Engineering Ambassadors, UConn engineering students, and other non-engineering majors around campus that got involved.
By Gustavo Oliver
At Engineering Ambassadors promote the field of engineering by providing general information and presenting career alternatives to students from 7th grade to seniors in high school. Our main goal is to change the way prospective students view engineering. Other than hosting outreach visits, we also give tours and presentations within the UConn campus to middle school and high school students. These visits usually consist of tours around labs, C2E2, engineering buildings, and the Cogeneration power plant. On campus visitors are given the chance to personally experience the facilities from the perspective of an undergraduate engineering student.