Overview

The 7th and 8th grade cohorts of Learning through Engineering Design and Practice participate in ASU field trips throughout the two year program. The field trips include visits to the LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science, Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building II(ISTB2), Mars Space Flight Facility, and the Decision Theater.

Description

Arizona State University Engineering Field Trip: LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science
Learners visit the labs of the Leroy Eyring Center for Solid State Science in the Goldwater Center. They are given a tour of the Electron Microscope (Lab#PSB 54F and PsB 54E). They also visit the Thin Film Lab #10, where demonstrations are conducted based on the use of air pressure and its opposite, vacuum. The experiments show the effects of air pressure and vacuum on everyday household objects. Roxanna Montoya, the Education and Outreach Coordinator, demonstrates transfer of energy and build up of electrical charges by introducing students to the Van de Graaff generator.

Arizona State University Field Trip: Global Institute of Sustainability
Learners visit the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building II (ISTB2) which is a facility supporting research in advanced materials, transportation planning, geotechnical engineering, fluid dynamics and sustainable materials. The building is used for developing materials that contribute to a sustainable urban environment. Students go on a tour of the ISTB2 lab and experience thermal imaging photography. Students also explore the use of Infrared guns and other equipment to collect data about temperature, relative humidity and wind speed at various locations on ASU campus.

Exploring and Imaging Mars Field Trip
Learners attend a guided tour of the ASU Mars Space Flight Facility located in the Moeur Building, specifically to observe and learn more about the Mars Space Flight Facility. They first tour the facility and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Upon completion of the tour, students are given the opportunity to interact with the Student Imaging Project. They are able to experience first-hand the thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), which involves pinpointing exact locations on Mars and taking thermal images of those areas.

Arizona State University Decision Theater
Learners are introduced to the Decision Theater - a world class research facility and decision lab for understanding and exploring decision making in uncertain systems. Students explore a sustainability visualization called "Watersim/Decision Center for a Desert City – sustainable water conservation". After experiencing the Decision Theatre, students engage in an engineering challenge from the PBS Design Squad curriculum. Their challenge is to modify a paper cup so it can zip down a line and drop a marble onto a target.

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