Engineering Day


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  800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203

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Engineering Day

02/24/2018, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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Robots and Bridges and Wind Tunnels, oh my!

Our National Engineers Week celebration is culminating in a total engineering blowout! Join us and tons of our friends from the community to learn more about the incredible ways this field impacts your day-to-day life.


    Ever wonder why so many ancient civilizations built pyramids? These strong structures have been able to withstand the test of time! Engineer your own pyramid out of wooden dowels and see how big it can get.
    Learn about binary code, and then code your name onto a necklace to take home.
    Learn more about the basics of electrical engineering while you build circuits and challenge yourself to add in switches, lights, and fans.  
    Are you up to the challenge? Use LEGOs to build a maze that will successfully get your marble from start to finish.  

Community Partner Activities:

  • Engineered for Destruction with Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society (MTRAS) 12pm in Jack Wood Hall
    Join the Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society as they present their fourth insectweight combat robot event! This robotics competition will have you marveling at the creations of local makers and robotics enthusiasts as they face-off to see whose robot is truly engineered for destruction.

    There’s plenty of room for spectators, but if you are interested in competing with your Antweight, Beetle or Fairyweight robot - contact MTRAS for more information. The competition will follow SPARC rules and judging criteria. Registration fee is $10 per robot and goes to help MTRAS fund a new arena. This fee is payable the day-of the event to MTRAS/MAKE Nashville.
  • Wright Brothers' Wind Tunnel is a working, hands-on wind tunnel to learn more about aerodynamics and aerospace engineering, presented by the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory

    The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory was founded in 2007 by Professor Amrutur Anilkumar to meet the emerging needs of Vanderbilt engineering students to pursue careers and advanced studies in Aerospace Engineering. The main agenda of the lab is to design unique, novel, rocket-flyable payload systems that highlight major challenges in space exploration and energy conversion as applicable to the aerospace sector.

    The Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Laboratory boasts a robust outreach program that works to build STEM enthusiasm in aerospace engineering among middle school and high school students in Tennessee. The lab’s membership consists of engineering upperclassmen who participate in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Senior Design Project, graduate students whose research is aligned to aerospace engineering, as well as select engineering underclassmen with excellent academic performance and a demonstrated interest in aerospace engineering. Vanderbilt students with a passion for educational outreach can also contribute to the VADL.

  • Engineering Bridges & Waterways with ASCE: Learn more about the field of Civil Engineering with this hands-on bridge building activity plus a challenge to think like an engineer when it comes to the water in our environment.

    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Nashville Branch was founded in 1921, and has about 1,000 members. The mission of the ASCE is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In doing so we encourage lifelong learning and the development civil engineering leaders.
  • Chemical Engineering & Going Green: Belmont’s Student Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

    The Belmont Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association is a student-led organization whose goal is to promote scholarship in the sciences by creating resources and hosting demonstrations of science activities for students both at Belmont and in the broader Nashville community.

Information subject to change.