NSF Invites ERC to Exhibit Excavation Demonstrator at Science and Engineering Careers Fair

Achievement date: 
2014
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) headquartered at the University of Minnesota, was invited by the NSF to an event entitled “Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair for Middle and High School Students and Their Families.” The Fair took place in the nation’s capital during September 2013.

 

Impact/benefits: 

Events like this make students aware of the interesting research and broad range of career options associated with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. This awareness encourages students to take STEM courses in college and pursue STEM-related careers.  Through interactive exhibits especially, students and parents alike receive hands-on experiences that have lasting STEM-related benefits.

Explanation/Background: 

On September 27-28, 2013, at the Dulles Town Center in Loudoun County, Virginia, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and the NSF hosted a free event entitled “Change the World: Science & Engineering Careers Fair for Middle and High School Students and Their Families.” CCEFP was invited because NSF was interested in displaying fluid-power technologies and the ERC’s excavator demonstrator, which includes a hands-on tutorial (see figure).