At ENSPIRE Engineering Undergrads Inspire Local Eighth Graders
San Diego, CA, June 16, 2009 -- Imagine 420 eighth graders arriving at your doorstep and expecting you to inspire, teach, entertain and feed them all day.
This is exactly the challenge the undergraduates from UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering took on earlier this year at ENSPIRE, one of the many events that make up Engineers Week at UC San Diego. The student organizers of ENSPIRE succeeded with flying colors—and the color flying that day was neon green. The 400-plus eighth graders each wore and then took home a neon green ENSPIRE t-shirt as a reminder of their glimpse into undergraduate life at UCSD.
During their day on campus, students designed, built and tested underwater flotation devices called “flinkers,” toured laboratories across the engineering school, saw pig cells up close and learned to make holograms.
Stephan Kemper is the student organizer of ENSPIRE 2009. He is a computer science major at the Jacobs School.
ENSPIRE is part of Engineers Week and is organized by the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC).
“It’s fun trying to motivate students to find design strategies that use engineering principles,” said Jeffrey Montojo, a fourth year chemical engineering major and ENSPIRE volunteer.
The 420 eighth graders came from Gompers Charter Middle School and Pershing Middle School in San Diego.
Students made flinkers, hand made "sculptures" of neutral buoyancy.
First year aerospace engineering major Antonio Pineda made sure his group of students understood that majoring in engineering means doing lots of experiments.
A big thanks to all the ENSPIRE 2009 Sponsors, especially SSC Pacific and the National Defense Education Program.
Jacobs School undergraduates are a busy bunch. Below are links to stories about a few of the great things Jacobs School undergrads were up to during 2008-2009 school year. Do you have links to Jacobs School undergraduate events, organizations or other Jacobs School undergrad success stories from the 2008-2009 school year? Send an email to email@example.com or leave a comment on the related Jacobs School blog posting.
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