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EE Faculty, Staff, and Students participate – with great success – in the 2015 STEM Fest
September 30, 2015
STEM Fest is a free community event designed to get K-12 students, their parents, and teachers hands-on and involved with STEM education. K-12 students come to campus for a day to see what Georgia Southern is all about and engage in fun learning activities.
The Electrical Engineering Department participated with four engineering stations that gave students the opportunity to learn and participate in activities such as solar cell, robotics, wireless communications, circuits, aeronautics and structures.
Faculty & staff members (Dr. Rocio Alba, Dr. Rami Haddad, Dr. Danda Rawat, Dr. Fernando Rios & Mr. Andrew Michaud) designed the experiments and organized the teams of engineering students. Members of the student organizations IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and SWE (Society of Women Engineers) and graduate students from the MSAE (Master of Science in Applied Engineering) program assisted in this event.
SWE and IEEE members manned the Structural Engineering and Robotics booths where students built gumdrop and toothpick geometric figures to test structural strength and charged solar panels with flashlights to power toy cars and boats.
Dr. Danda Rawat’s CWiNs Research Group’s activities demonstrated different research projects including smart parking system, wireless signal scanning, SDR based FM radio and forwarding PowerPoint slides with your car Keyfob.
Mr. Andrew Michaud, Electrical Engineering Laboratory Supervisor, assisted future aeronautical engineers with assembling large scale “paper” airplanes.
At Dr. Rami Haddad’s ONSmart Research Group’s interactive station, kids were given electrical sources, sensors, LEDs, motors, and other output devices to design their own circuits. Arduino microcontroller demonstrations allowed students to interact with designed models by controlling light, controlling servo motor, and controlling a drone. The main concepts of solar were discussed and the team demonstrated how solar panels work and showcased the Electrical Engineering Department’s solar golf cart. Dr. Haddad commented that, “The kids eyes lit up whenever they designed a circuit that worked and…parents wrote down the brand name of the kit to buy it for their kids for Christmas.” (Kit can be seen in photos above.)