UMass Dartmouth engineering group plans student learning, design challenge

DARTMOUTH – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Society of Women Engineers will host an event for middle school students on Feb. 21 as part of national engineers week.

According to a news release, the group, run by students, will show a movie screening, followed by hands-on engineering activities for the students, who are in grades 5-8.

Participants will meet in the university’s Claire T. Carney Library Living Room from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for a showing of Disney’s “Big Hero 6” and to design armor for the film’s main character, robot Baymax. Designs will then be tested for functionality.

“It takes fundamental principles of engineering, designing and testing, and ties them to a popular kids’ movie to connect with middle school students in a fun and creative way,” said Abigail Keith, the president of the Society of Women Engineers.

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The society’s goal is to expand the image of engineering as a positive force in improving quality of life and to show the value of diversity.

The event is free, and snacks will be provided.

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Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.