Faculty to participate in National Engineering Week

Sparky II, a robot designed and built by engineering students, will be at Student Engineering Week.
Sparky II, a robot designed and built by engineering students, will be at Student Engineering Week.
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As part of National Engineering Week, Grand Valley faculty members will participate in the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Student Engineering Week, which aims to educate third-seventh grade students about the profession.

A 90-minute program will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the week of February 21-25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Grand Valley will showcase the student and faculty homemade robots Sparky II and Buffy the Autonomous Robot. Educational activities about the emerging field of nanotechnology will also be featured as part of a grant from the National Science Foundation given to professors Nael Barakat and Heidi Jiao.

“We’re excited to show off our engineering program and provide activities that will educate these young students about the different things they can do with an engineering degree,” said Barakat.

For more information, visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum website or call the School of Engineering at (616) 331-6750.