Students, parents discover engineering together

Jeremy Roach watches his daughter, Ella Roach, solder during a recent Engineering Discovery Day at Muskogee High School.

Area elementary students will test their engineering skills, plus learn more, Saturday at Muskogee High School Engineering Discovery Day.

Muskogee High School pre-engineering teacher Janet Lopez said she expects about eight students from Muskogee, Oktaha and Checotah, as well as their parents, to come.

"It's a day where a student and their parent discover engineering," Lopez said. "The whole point of this is to show kids that engineering is a viable option."

Discovery Day will feature projects promoting logical thinking and teamwork.

"I give them a challenge, and through collaborating with other students there, they have to solve a problem, and we move on from there," Lopez said.

She said projects include "creating a safety helmet for their fragile client, Eggbert."

"Then, they are going to see if they can build the longest bridge out of card stock and wood blocks," she said. "Then, they are going to get into robotics. They're going to learn codes for a robot to have it complete different challenges."

MHS engineering students will help youngsters with the projects and mentor them, she said.

Lopez said MHS has the only self-contained high school engineering program in the area.

"We carry the Project Lead the Way engineering, computer science and biomedical program, and no other schools around do that," she said. "Tahlequah has a couple of engineering classes, but they do not carry biomedical, computer science and engineering."

Project Lead the Way is a program that helps students prepare for post-secondary engineering programs.

She said Tulsa area 6A schools, such as Broken Arrow, offer such programs through Tulsa Community College. 

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