Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the event?
This is a come-and-go event from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Historically, lines can be quite long at 9:00 a.m. 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.
- What does it cost?
Event is free, but proof of registration is required. Please bring your proof of registration (printed or show email on smartphone) to the ECS-South building, front lobby, for event check-in. Children will get wristbands to identify who has checked in.
- Who should attend?
"Explore Engineering Day" is an event for the whole family! All ages are welcome to attend.
NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Adult must accompany minor in workshops and tech talks.
- 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 entire time they are on UTD campus – including in the room during these Tech-Talks, panels, or tours. 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.
d. Panels, 1 hour each: Older youth will enjoy hearing UTD faculty members and local company representatives give presentations and demonstrations about various programs, products, projects, research and professions. UTD students will speak about their experiences in higher education.
e. Tours, 20-30 minutes each: everyone will enjoy seeing UTD faculty members give tous of their various laboratories, research and professions.
- 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, in the ECSS, ECSW, and VCB buildings.
PreK-5th grade activities are located in the Visitor Center Building (VCB), and activities for grades 6th-12th area are located in the ECSW and ECSS buildings. However, the MAIN registration check-in and info booths are in the front lobby of ECSS. Children will receive a wristband, and you can also pick up printed programs to help guide you through the event activities.
- Where do I park?
Due to other campus activities, we request that all attendees of Explore Engineering Day 2020 park in Lot H, Lot I, Lot J, or PS4 (Parking Structure/Garage 4). There will be greeters to assist you in finding your way, but no shuttle service this year since we were able to secure close parking for our guests. Here is the printable parking pass and event map for your convenience.
- Are there places to eat lunch?
a. The Food Court located in the Student Union (“SU” on UTD map) includes the following restaurants that will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb-15: Chick-fil -A, Panda Express, and Starbucks. IHOP Express (located in “PS3” on UTD map) will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Dining Hall West (located in “DHW” on UTD map) will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the Market in the Engineering and Computer Science West building (“ECSW” on UTD map) will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Here is the dining flyer for your convenience.
b. As an alternative, you are welcome to bring your own food to campus or enjoy one of the restaurants nearby off-campus.
- Can Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earn a patch
Participation patches will be handed 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.
- 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.