On August 9, ninety Michigan Engineering alumni brought their children or grandchildren to a day-long summer camp on North Campus. The “Xplore Engineering” event offered a day of experiential learning through a selection of nine workshops, which covered topics ranging from environmental engineering to robotics. The event was organized by MconneX, a U-M College of Engineering initiative aimed at offering opportunities for alumni to reconnect with the Michigan Engineering community.
The ChE graduate student volunteers gave their visitors a short presentation describing different types of fluids (like shear thickening fluids and Bingham plastics). Using this information, the children performed a hands-on investigation of five everyday fluids, including whipped cream and mayonnaise. They classified the fluids by type, then had a brief discussion about the reasons behind each classification. At the conclusion of the classroom portion of the workshop, students went outside to explore Oobleck, a shear thickening fluid.
Andrew Smydra (BSE ’83) and his 11-year-old son, Ethan, enjoyed the event. “Xplore Engineering at Michigan provided a great opportunity for my son and me to enjoy a day together exploring science and engineering with hands-on activities,” Smydra says.
For more about the August event, go to Alumni have fun exploring engineering with their kids