Explore Engineering Day 2019

Online pre-registration has closed.
We are doing onsite registration for $7/child with credit/debit card only – no cash or checks.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Explore the fascinating world of technology and learn how engineers change the world at this interactive event open to the whole family. The celebration features:
A Kid Zone with hands-on activities
Educational demonstrations
Hands-on workshops
Beyblades competition
Fascinating Tech Talks by our leading faculty and local engineering companies

Located in ECSW, ECSN, and ECSS

About Engineers Week

Sponsors

Home-Depot Fujitsu Collins Capital-One ATC sponsor list

Workshops

  • Design and Build a Drone
    • Sponsor: OnPoynt
    • 3 sessions
    • Thinking about getting a drone? Why don’t you make one from a kit? This workshop gives students experience in using a plan, assembling and inspecting raw parts and materials, using simple hand tools, and building a drone. It’s a perfect example of how engineers do a fast prototype to test a concept. Enjoy your engineering “making” experience, and remove the fear of building your own drone!
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 10:15 – 11:45 am (30 minutes finish with stragglers/transition/rest before the next session)
      • Session 2: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
      • Session 3: 2:15 – 3:45 pm
    • Location: ECSW 1.130
  • Build an Optical Heart Rate Monitor
    • Sponsor: UT Dallas Engineering World Health Organization
    • 3 sessions
    • Description: This workshop will lead students through the build process of a heart rate optical monitor. You will learn how to place electronic parts, solder pieces in place, and test the board for performance. All successful devices will be sent to a health clinic in Rwanda! Thanks for helping people around the world by building and testing high tech biomedical devices.
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 10:15 – 11:45 am (30 minutes finish with stragglers/transition/rest before the next session)
      • Session 2: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
      • Session 3: 2:15 – 3:45 pm
    • Location: ECSW 1.160B
  • Coding Workshop: Animations with Alice
    • Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach
    • 2 sessions
    • This workshop is perfect for middle school students who have not done any programming so far. It uses drag and drop programming, which means no syntax errors! You can convert your idea to code quickly and see it in action! You can code 3D animations or games with ease. Alice comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort. Visit www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/alice to preview the content. Since Alice does require “careful” drop operations, we do not recommend Elementary students to take Alice directly, we prefer them to start with Scratch.
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 10:15 – 11:45 am
      • Session 1: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
    • Location: ECS-S 2.312
  • Coding Workshop: Drawings with JavaScript
    • Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach
    • 1 sessions
    • This workshop is perfect for students who have done a little bit of programming using Alice/Scratch/Robots, etc., but have not spent much time with C/C++/Java yet. While many high school students may be OK to start here without any prior programming experience, all novices are strongly encouraged to complete Alice workshop first. This workshop uses the Khan Academy JavaScript environment, which features a web-page with coding area and virtual canvas area for output. As you type the code, output appears/changes. This friendly environment comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort. If you want to preview the workshop content, visit www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/kajs.
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 2:15 – 3:45 pm
    • Location: ECS-S 2.312
Tech Area 1 - ECSW 1.315 - seats 300
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
10:30 - 11:00
UT Dallas Computer Science
Using Art as Training Wheels to learn Coding
While learning to code has become bit easier over the years with kid-friendly tools & better IDEs, significant % of students continue to get introduced to coding with Java directly in high schools - they find it challenging, even worse, they develop aversion towards programming. We had similar situation with Arts & Technology majors in UT Dallas. They found the math + logic + text I/O based environment painful. Then, we changed their coding courses to use graphics - we teach how to make patterns, animations & even develop games, without compromising on the underlying concepts. We find that the students are lot more engaged, gain confidence and enjoy the visual format.
Jey Veersamy
11:00-11:30
Capital One Women in Tech
Demystifying STEM
Audience will get an overview of what STEM looks like and that can involve alot more than just sitting in front of a computer writing code. We will also cover how to get and keep girls engaged in STEM.
Mithra Kosur Venuraju
12:00-12:30
Fujitsu
Ready Player One? A Talk about Virtual and Augmented Reality
The world of AR and VR is rapidly expanding beyond the realm of gaming but can it really impact our lives without a gamer’s mentality? Explore how AR and VR is impacting our lives today, what the future will hold, and how gaming is both an influencer and being influenced by this not so new anymore tech.
Brian Plotkin
1:00-1:30
Zyvex Labs and Teliatry Inc.
Digital Atomic-Scale Fabrication and Healing the Blind!
"Digital Atomic-Scale Fabrication and Healing the Blind!" Nanotechnology is currently about where our information technology was when it was mainly analog information technology in the 1970s. Digital information technology has given us the incredible world we live in. Unfortunately Moore's Law is grinding to a halt. Zyvex Labs is beginning a 2nd Digital revolution that will be an Inverse Moore's Law that will lead to even greater technological marvels. We are also working to heal the 285 Million people in the world that are Bilnd (39 Million) or have low vision (246 Million). Zyvex Labs, Teliatry, and UTDallas are reinventing Biomedical Implants to restore sight to the blind and revolutionizing the manufacturing of Biomedical implants including an artificial retina and many more devices to interface with the human nervous system to produce better health care at much lower costs.
Dr. John Randall
1:30-2:00
UT Dallas CS Department
Why Cyber Security is important
This talk introduces cybersecurity basics and how it affects our lives. The Internet has grown rapidly with online communications and user data, but also faces threats of unwanted traffic and fraudulent activities. In this talk, you will understand strategies and approaches to protect your data and computers. You will see interesting examples and the landscape of cybersecurity. Join us to learn more about keeping the Internet and your information safe!
Dr. Shuang Hao
2:00-2:30
ABB
The Data Center – an anatomy of Alexa
ABB’s involvement in powering Data Centers impacts our everyday lives, much like Alexa.  Hear about how Alexa and similar applications, that have become commonplace in today’s living, are dependent on Data Centers.  Development of Data Centers in the future will reflect how these applications evolve and continue to affect how we work and play.
Paul Smith
3:00-3:30
UT Dallas BMEN
The Art of Engineering: A perspective from the trenches of a woman engineer.
A personal journey into learning the scientific process and applying them to current technical challenges that impact human health and engineering solutions. An inside-out perspective on the various influences that guide decision making  in life. The impact of culture, environment, family, and peers in transcending thought boundaries.
Shalini Prasad
Tech Area 2 - ECSW 1.355 - seats 80
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
10:30 - 11:00
UT Dallas Mechanical Engineering Department
What to expect as a Freshman Mechanical Engineering freshman
So your thinking you may be interested in becoming a mechanical engineer? Learn what an ME does and how best prepare for a great academic career at UT Dallas.
Dani Fadda
11:30-12:00
National Space Society
The Moon, Asteroids, and Mars: the Future of Spaceflight (2019 Updates)
Get a review of the exploration history of the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars. Then get a preview of the latest plans for the upcoming exploration, development, and/or settlement of those destinations. 
Ken Ruffin
12:30-1:00
UT Dallas Material Science and Engineering Department
Virtual Nano-Science
Explore the atomic crystalline structure of elements from the periodic table in Virtual Reality, and jounrey on an adventure through "Nano World", where you can view items ranging from a human down to a carbon atom in Virtual Reality.
Dr. Moon Kim and Aaron Klick
1:30-2:00
Capital One Women in Tech
How an Agile Software Development Team Works 
This talk will provide a glimpse into how a software engineering team develops software. Who are the different players involved?  What did they study?  What are the different roles and what does a normal day look like?  It will also provide a high level view of software infrastructure as we set up our computers to develop code, collaborate with other team members and test.  The goal will be to also give insight to younger audience members as to how they could maybe fit into a team in the future.
Sonal Aggarwal
2:30-3:00
State Farm
Looking for a Great Career? Join Data Architecture
So you’re looking for a career that using computers and software? Have you ever considered Data Architecture? Data is the new “big thing” in computer science. Those able to collect, analyze and use large amounts of data correctly will be able to lead new innovation over the internet. Join State Farm, as they discuss the Internet of Things, data ingestions, storage, and consumption as they use this information to help people have a better quality of life.
Vivek Mishra
3:30-4:00
Capital One Women in Tech
Impact of STEM on Our Society
Hear about the impact of STEM in our day to day lives as well as how it applies to space launches.  Hear about Rani's person journey in pursing STEM and her career path including lessons learned.
Rani Battula
Tech Area 3 - ECSW 1.365 - seats 80
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
11:00-12:00
UT Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center
Robotics Programs for Youth
Think you may be interested in robotics? Want to take your FIRST or BEST Robotics team to the next level? There are many avenues one can take when engaging in competitive robotics. Come hear about what some of those are from our resident expert, Dr. Patrick Michaud.
Dr. Patrick Michaud
12:00-12:30
ABB
Listening to customers in Product Design
Engineers design the products that people build, use or depend on every day. This talk shows how a design engineer can make decisions that provide a good experience for all the people who interact with the product. 
Edward Fontana
1:00-1:30
QORVO
Electrify Your Future
Learn about Qorvo and the many different engineering fields and jobs.
Dean White
2:00-2:30
Wolters Kluwer
How Computers Now “Think for Themselves”
Have you ever wondered how Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant work? Do you find yourself questioning how Facebook suggests it sees you or your friends in pictures? What about when Google or Amazon suggests products to buy? Come to this talk to learn about the hottest technology of this decade: machine learning, artificial intelligence, and conversational bots.
Chris Weldon
3:00-3:30
Fujitsu
Cities are becoming smarter through technology to reduce global warming
Learn how Blockchain and IoT devices turn cities into smart cities.
Ladan Pickering
Tech Area 6 - ECSS 2.102 - seats 170
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
11:00-11:30
Admissions and Enrollment
12:00-12:30
Admissions and Enrollment
1:00-1:30
Admissions and Enrollment
2:00-2:30
Admissions and Enrollment
3:00-3:30
Admissions and Enrollment
4:00-5:00
AsomeIT
Make Your Awesome Imagination a Reality
AsomeIT is an all-in-one interactive learning program that teaches students how to code in Python, a popular coding language. By engaging in fun activities with robots and electronic devices, AsomeIT has combined the importance of learning Python and using a hands-on approach to make coding fun and educational for all ages! o AsomeBot is a robot that can be programmed to move, dance, sense objects, and more! o AsomeCar is a car that can be programmed to move, turn, sense obstacles, and more! o AsomeKit is an IoT device where sensors, switches, LEDs, and other functions can be activated.
Mike Nam

Workshops

  • Home Depot Build Workshop
    • Sponsor: Home Depot
    • 4 sessions
    • Description: This workshop gives students experience in using a plan, assembling and inspecting raw parts and materials, using simple hand tools, and assembling a scale model. It’s a perfect example of how engineers do a fast prototype to test a concept. Enjoy your engineering “making” experience and you get to keep your project! The project is “Helicopter” and “Race Car”. Thanks Home Depot!
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 10:15 – 11:30 am (followed by a 15 minute break)
      • Session 2: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
      • Session 3: 1:15 - 2:30 pm
      • Session 4: 2:45 – 3:45 pm
    • Location: ECSN 2.316 and 2.318
  • Coding Workshop: Animations with MIT Scratch
    • Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach
    • 2 sessions
    • MIT Scratch is a GUI based programming environment. While it has a friendly interface that appeals to young children, it has tons of functionality! You can do 2D animations of objects, create cool drawings, make a character sing a tune, develop an interactive game (control it with various inputs including voice!) and even narrate a story with images! Go to scratch.mit.edu to check out the tool and lots of examples. We will use a specific list of examples shown in www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/scratch. Scratch uses drag-and-drop programming which means no syntax errors – your program is always ready to run! It enables the young learners to focus on the logic instead. This workshop is for beginners–no prior experience is required.
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 10:15 – 11:45 am
      • Session 2: 12:15 – 1:45 pm
    • Location: ECSS 2.103
  • Coding Workshop: Lighting up with BBC micro:bit
    • Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach
    • 1 session
    • This fusion workshop uses a little device called BBC micro:bit – it was designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK. It has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages & two programmable buttons that can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. It can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. It comes with multiple code editors – we will start off with Block based programming, then move to JavaScript editor, and finally use Python, working on various interesting projects along the way!
    • Schedule
      • Session 1: 2:15 – 3:45 pm
    • Location: ECSS 2.103
Tech Area 4 - ECSN 2.112 - seats 40
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
10:30 - 12:00
ATEC
Open House Project Experience
This playful STEAM investigation begins when young audiences individually participate in a new media art installation made of origami fireflies, a Remington typewriter, LED lights, and tangible computing. Next we invite young participants to make their own origami firefly while imagining the possible futures when science, technology, and art interact.
Kristin Drogos
12:00-12:30
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Beyond Cookies and Crafts: STEM Opportunities in Girl Scouts
From skill building badges, to mentorships, to fully immersive experiences at the STEM Center of Excellence (located in the heart of Dallas), come hear about the opportunities to engage in STEM learning through Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts offers something for every girl from age 5 to 18!
Ashley Crowe
2:00-2:30
National Space Society
The Moon, Asteroids, and Mars: the Future of Spaceflight (2019 Updates)
Get a review of the exploration history of the Moon, Asteroids, and Mars. Then get a preview of the latest plans for the upcoming exploration, development, and/or settlement of those destinations. 
Ken Ruffin
3:00-3:30
AsomeIT
Make Your Awesome Imagination a Reality
AsomeIT is an all-in-one interactive learning program that teaches students how to code in Python, a popular coding language. By engaging in fun activities with robots and electronic devices, AsomeIT has combined the importance of learning Python and using a hands-on approach to make coding fun and educational for all ages!
  • AsomeBot is a robot that can be programmed to move, dance, sense objects, and more!
  • AsomeCar is a car that can be programmed to move, turn, sense obstacles, and more!
  • AsomeKit is an IoT device where sensors, switches, LEDs, and other functions can be activated.
Mike Nam
Tech Area 5 - ECSN 2.110 - seats 40
Time
Organization
Presentation Title
Description
Presenter
10:30 - 12:00
ATEC
Open House Project Explanation
This playful STEAM investigation begins when young audiences individually participate in a new media art installation made of origami fireflies, a Remington typewriter, LED lights, and tangible computing. Next we invite young participants to make their own origami firefly while imagining the possible futures when science, technology, and art interact.
Kristin Drogos
12:30 - 1:30
UT Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center
Robotics Programs for Youth
Think you may be interested in robotics? Want to take your FIRST or BEST Robotics team to the next level? There are many avenues one can take when engaging in competitive robotics. Come hear about what some of those are from our resident expert, Dr. Patrick Michaud.
Dr. Patrick Michaud
1:30 - 2:00
UT Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center
Changing the Equation: Approaches to Inspire Youth to Pursue STEM Paths
The future is bright- especially for those with 21st century skills! With the need for STEM professionals so great, why is it that so many of our young people are “opting out” of science and math coursework? Dr. Connolly will share strategies on how to best encourage our young people to persist.
Dr. Lani Connolly
2:30 - 3:00
Material Science
Examining what and why
Doctoral candidate Jamie Gravell shares some of the considerations engineers have when deciding what materials to use. Come have a glimpse into material sciences in this interactive discussion!
Jamie Gravell

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the event?

This is a come-and-go event from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Historically, lines can be quite long at 10:00am and tend to thin as the day goes on. Note that you can arrive at any time. Allocating 2 hours for the event should allow you ample time to engage in most activities that interest you.

2. What does it cost?

This year, children are $5/each if you pre-register online – and accompanying adults are free. No refunds will be given after February 9, and online pre-registration will close on Wednesday, February 13. Please bring proof of payment (printed or show email on smartphone) to the ECS-West building, front lobby, for event check-in. Children will get wristbands to identify who has checked in.
Onsite registration will be $7/child and we will only be taking payment via credit card (no cash or checks).

3. Who should attend?

"Explore Engineering Day" is an event for the whole family! All ages are welcome to attend.

4. What types of activities will there be?

a. Hands-On Activity Stations:These offer learners of all ages the opportunity to interact with UT Dallas students and STEM professionals as they “tinker” and learn-by-doing. All activity stations are come and go and no advance reservations are required!

b. Onsite Workshops: A LIMITED number of seats are available for workshops via pre-registration online; once they reach capacity, the workshops will no longer show as a part of the pre-registration process online. Topics/activities include computer coding, build a drone, assemble a pulse finger oximeter, and more! NOTE that a guardian/chaperone will need to stay with minor(s) the whole time they are on UTD campus – including IN the room during these workshops. Please plan accordingly as there can be no exceptions.

c. Tech Talks, 20-30 minutes each: Older youth will enjoy hearing UTD faculty members and local company representatives give presentations and demonstrations about their programs, products, projects, research and professions. UTD faculty members will speak about their research and new discoveries in their field and provide information about major courses and career options.

5. Where will the event be held?

The event will be held on the main campus of the University of Texas at Dallas, located at 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson Texas.

PreK-5th grade activities are located in the ECS-North/South buildings and activities for grades 6th-12th area located in the ECS-West building – however the MAIN registration check-in is in the front lobby of ECS-West. Children will receive a wristband and you can also pick up printed programs to help guide you through the event activities.

6. Where do I park?

Due to other campus activities, we request that all attendees to Engineering Day 2019 park in Lot J, PS4 (Parking Structure/Garage 4), or Lot H (best for those attending Beyblade Competition). Here is the printable parking pass and event map for your convenience. There will be greeters to assist you finding your way, but no shuttle service this year since we were able to get close parking for our guests.

7. Are there places to eat lunch?

a. These food trucks will be parked on Rutford Avenue, between ECS-West and ECS-South/North buildings, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: EggStand (hamburgers/sandwiches), Fast & Furious (Korean/Japanese Fusion), and Chile Pepper Grill (Authentic Mexican).

b. The Food Court located in the Student Union (“SU” on UTD map) includes the following restaurants that will be open from 10:30am-3:00pm on Saturday, Feb-16: Chick-fil -A, Panda Express, and Starbucks. IHOP Express (located in “PS3” on UTD map) will be open from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, Feb-16.

c. As an alternative, you are welcome to bring your own food to campus or enjoy one of the restaurants nearby off-campus.

8. Can Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earn a patch

Participation patches will be handing out to youth on a first-come, first-served basis. Scouts may also fulfill specific requirements for skill-building badges through participating. For more information, please consult your local scouting councils and organization specific websites (such as https://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards.aspx for Boy Scouts and http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/girl-scouts-and-stem.html for Girl Scouts.

9. Why does UT Dallas host this event?

The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. National Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

National Engineers Week promotes recognition among parents, teachers and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science and technology literacy. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science opens its doors to the community to explore how engineering and computer science creates innovation and invites discovery.

Event registration fees go toward the cost of putting on this event; UTD is a non-profit and does not monetarily profit from Explore Engineering Day 2019.

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