** On-site registration for the event will be available in the ECSS building.
Registration for workshops and tours may be available and will be based on availability.**

Workshops


** NOTE THAT ALL ATTENDEES UNDER AGE 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES. NO UNACCOMPANIED MINORS WILL BE ADMITTED.

K-2nd Graders: Explore Coding

Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education and Outreach

Description: While there are numerous web-based tools to learn coding, code.org leads the way for younger students! We will use a series of lesson plans, with increasing level of complexity. Each lesson plan has a sequence of 10-20 coding exercises. Each child can progress at their own pace. Visit code.org/learn to see a few samples.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSS 2.103



3rd-5th Graders: MIT Scratch

Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education and Outreach

Description: MIT Scratch is a GUI-based programming environment. While it has a friendly interface that appeals to young children, it also has ample functionality! Create 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. Go to scratch.mit.edu to check out the tool. 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.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSS 2.104


K-5th Graders: Home Depot Build Workshop

Sponsor: Home Depot

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 create a fast prototype to test a concept. Enjoy your engineering “making” experience, and you get to keep your project.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSS 2.201 and 2.203


6th-8th Graders: Float Your Boat

Sponsor: Tech Titans

Description: Learn about the engineering design process as you brainstorm, design, build and test a boat to carry a heavy load of pennies. During the engineering process, you will learn more about STEM careers, boat design and working with a customer to engineer a solution that's win-win for you and them. The design carrying the largest load in the final round will win a special prize.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSW Axxess Atrium


6th-12th Graders: JavaScript

Sponsor: Center for Computer Science Education and Outreach

Description: This workshop uses the Khan Academy JavaScript environment, which features a webpage with coding area and virtual canvas area for output. As you type the code, output appears and changes. This friendly environment comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort. To preview the workshop content, visit www.utdallas.edu/~jeyv/kajs.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSS 2.312


6th-12th Graders: Design and Build a Drone

Sponsor: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( AIAA) / OnPoynt

Description: 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: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSW 1.130


6th-12th Graders: Robots for Beginners

Sponsor: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Description: Programming a robot is easier than you think. In this session, basic robotics topics will be covered and matched with hands-on activities. Do you have little or no programming experience? No problem. This workshop is perfect for beginners. In teams of three, you will use a Texas Instruments Robotics System Learning Kit to build the robot from components and program.

Schedule

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSW Axxess Atrium under the stairs



10th-12th Graders: Build an Optical Heart Rate Monitor

Sponsor: UT Dallas Engineering World Health Organization

Description: This workshop will lead students through the build process of an optical heart rate 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: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 3: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: ECSW 2.100 Birds Nest