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Mobile Engineering Education Laboratory

Nevada engineering and elementary school students build a K'NEX bridge

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Our engineering students are ready to bring grade-appropriate, interactive lessons to your classroom. The Mobile Engineering Education Lab, or ME2 L, program hires and trains current Nevada students to present engineering topics to your students.

We begin with an introductory presentation about going to college, engineering majors, careers in engineering and why math and science are important. We then explain the specific lesson you have requested and work with students to complete a hands-on activity.

We can present to one class of students or to a larger group. Our 60-minute presentation can be given to any size group, and then our team works with up to 30 students at a time to complete the hands-on lesson. We bring all the materials we need, and there is no charge for our visits.

Hands-on lessons get students involved

Our engineering students and K-12 outreach coordinator have worked to develop the following lessons that comply with national science standards. Most lessons can be adapted for any grade level.

General engineering

  • What is technology?: An introductory lesson for grades K-8 that examines and compares different technologies and helps students understand their connection to engineering.
  • Engineering communication and design: An introduction lesson for grades 4-8 about how engineers communicate and design projects. This lesson uses literacy components as well as STEM.

Specific topics in engineering

  • Environmental engineering: Students learn what environmental engineers do and have a chance to test out a water contamination and treatment system by identifying pH levels.
  • Magnetism and electricity: This lesson focuses on these basic science concepts and shows students how they can be applied in the construction of a mini-electric motor.
  • Renewable energy: One of the newest lessons in our repertoire, this unit discusses various renewable energy sources and lets students build a solar-powered energy turbine.
  • Robotics in the classroom: Available once a month, a graduate student from our Computer Science and Engineering Department demonstrates and explains the role of robotics and in our daily lives.
  • Simple machines: We combine some basic physics, including pulleys and gears, with a chance for students to build their own simple machines. Follow-up lessons on additional topics are available.
  • Structural design: This unit introduces students to civil engineering basics and culminates in an activity where small groups of students build bridges using K'nex.

All of our K-12 outreach programs are made possible through the generous support of The Mallory Foundation and HDR Engineering, Inc. We appreciate their continued support.

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