The School of Engineering hosted students from the Allen D. Nease High School Engineering Academy. Approximately 15 students and their chaperones participated in a Engineering Presentation and tour of labs and had opportunities to speak with faculty and students on ongoing research projects. The students learned about the research in MSERF Lab, Geotech Lab, Biomed Lab and Nanomaterials Lab. All these research labs were unbeknownst to the students, so hopefully we will see some of these students in our labs to do research in the near future. The students were escorted by our Student Ambassadors who represented our student clubs: American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Engineering Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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I was invited by the Principal, Dr. Clinch at Andrew Jackson High School to attend a Robotics Interest Meeting for students and I was blown away by the number of students who attended the meeting and wanted to be a part of the Robotics movement at AJHS. I'm excited about the STEM labs they have created there and the interest that the students have in it. I was also able to share with them the cool programs that UNF has to offer them and to help prepare and shape them so they are STEM Ready.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Constructed hosted the Renaissance Jax Robotics Coaches and Team Workshops at their new engineering building to a group of about 20 coaches and teachers who will be leading FIRST Tech Challenge teams in the upcoming robotics season. There were also approximately 49 middle and high school students who participated in the team workshops. The students, teachers, coaches and parents were also given a engineering presentation by the new Director for the School of Engineering and also received a career briefing from our Director, Career Services.
The CCEC School of Engineering students gave a tour of the new engineering and construction management (Skinner Jones Hall) building and Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Lab to 108 students ranging from 6th - 12th grade who attended the Mentoring Families and Kids (MFK) 2018 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) STEM Conference which was held at the University of North Florida Adam W. Herbert University Center. The students were able to talk with engineering faculty members and students about ongoing research projects, visit engineering labs, as well as, learn about engineering programs and talk with students about their experiences here at UNF.
The staff of CCEC participated in a Career Services Session with 15 students who participated in the UNF QUEST Program. The QUEST Program is organized by the Department of Diversity Initiatives. The students who participated ranged from business majors to Nursing/PreMed. The students were able to receive a career briefing from the CCEC Construction Management department advisor and the Career Services department about real-word demand for STEM majors, by employers not just locally, but across the country.
The Outreach Department gave a tour to approximately eight young women assigned to the PACE Center for Girls. The young women were being mentored by employees from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care in their mentoring program. The young women were given a presentation given by the UNF Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Development Lab on additive manufacturing. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with the young ladies about their future plans for college and their career goals.
It was a pleasure to once again for the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction to host for the 3rd year the National Center for Women in Technology Aspirations in Computing Awards Banquet for high school women. Seventeen young women from surrounding counties and Southeast Georgia received trophies for their interests in computing and technology. The students and families enjoyed a hearty meal and were able to network with faculty, staff and students and industry partners for this event. Thanks NCWIT and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch for your support.
The School of Engineering, local industry partners and engineering professional societies volunteered their time mentoring students from four local high schools Bartram Trail, Creekside, Middleburg and Eagles View Academy in the Jax2050 Competition in which students challenge was to come up with a new vision for downtown Jacksonville. The downtown vision was to be centered upon a new skyscraper to be the tallest building in Florida. The building also had to be protected from rising river levels in the St. Johns River. The challenge was to solve a realistic engineering problem using a modern approach, unconventional tools (aesthetic, artistic, societal and social media aspects) design, whereas conventional approaches referred to science, math and technology. The students projects were amazing and well thought out. This was also an opportunity for other middle and high schools to come out and view the students projects as well as view the Innovation Day senior design symposium projects.
The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction departments participated in the UNF Open House by giving a presentation about our college and programs offered to students and their parents who have interest in making UNF a college of choice.
Overall, the event met its objective to introduce engineering to 1st through 4th graders. There were a few 5th grade girls in the mix, but all in all it was a fun day for all the students and parents who remained behind to see the different workshops that the college student clubs created for the young students. The students participated in hands-on activities in workshops that focused in the areas of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.