One workshop, titled “How Much will Your Bridge Hold?” asked participants to design their own bridges using nuts, bolts, rubber bands, tape and tongue depressors. Then the students tested its load capacity and quality of construction. Students learned the principles used to design bridges.
Another workshop, titled “Bacteria Runs the World,” conducted experiments for students to experience how microbiologists and environmental engineers use bacteria to make the world a healthier place. They learned that bacteria are helpful in a variety of ways: from helping us to digest our food to protecting plants from drought.
In addition to the workshops, there were also tours of the Big House and Crisler Arena, as well as a meeting with student teams such as the seven-time national champion U-M Solar Car Team.
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