Mobile engineering education lab

Our engineering students bring grade-appropriate, interactive lessons to your classroom. The Mobile Engineering Education Lab, or ME2L, program trains University engineering students to foster your students’ curiosity about engineering topics through engaging activities.

Scheduling tips

Please take the following into account when scheduling your lesson:

Due to demand and limited lesson availability, we ask that teachers sign up for no more than two lessons per semester. If you surpass two lessons in one semester, we reserve the right to cancel any subsequent lessons.

Due to our engineering student-teachers' schedules, all lesson requests are tentative until final confirmation is sent two weeks prior to the lesson date.  Occasionally our students' schedules change, and although we do our best to give as much notice as possible, we ask that you understand if we may need to reschedule or cancel an appointment.

Hands-on engineering lessons get students involved

We are excited to offer the following lessons for spring 2019.

Simple machines

Gears, pulleys, wheels and axles are just a few of the concepts students will experience as they build their own simple machines.

Ready, set, go! Electric trains

This lesson focuses on basic electricity concepts and demonstrates how electricity can be converted into mechanical energy. Using magnets, copper and batteries, students work in groups to create a copper coil train.

Power up! Renewable energy

This lesson introduces the topic of renewable energy and explores possible sources including wind and solar. Students build a wind-powered turbine and explore solar power with mini solar-powered cars.

Water works

Students explore water contamination and treatment systems by identifying pH levels of different solutions. Students will also learn about how environmental engineers improve our communities.

Bridge brigade

Students become civil engineers as they build bridges that can withstand increasing amounts of weight. The engineering design process of identify, brainstorm, create, test and evaluate is also introduced in this lesson.

Shake it up! Earthquakes in the classroom

Can you build a LEGO tower that can withstand an earthquake? Students work in groups to build a LEGO tower that will be "shaken up" and tested on a mini shake table. We also introduce the engineering design process in this lesson.

Cracking the code

In this lesson, students learn how a computer "thinks" in order to teach it how to do new tasks. Using the Hour of Code, we introduce students to programming concepts and basic algorithmic thinking. Teachers must have an internet-connected lab with computers for all students.

Battery basics

Students work in pairs to create a battery from household items that will turn on an LED light. Students learn how material science engineers study the mechanical, electrical and chemical properties of materials to create new materials or improve everyday materials.

Looking for a hands-on opportunity for students to explore programming?

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