Every year, Discovery Cube Orange County & Los Angeles take part in “National Engineers Week” – an entire week dedicated to the sciences of engineering, and end each week with a large egg-drop competition.
We will be using contraptions or ETVs (Egg Transport Vehicles) to have a mini-competition and to test the engineering behind each contraption. The anchor whose contraption protects the egg from breaking will win the competition!
Dan Nasitka, director of Communications, and Paul Pooler, director of education, for Discovery Science Foundation will talk about the newest ways to get kids excited about STEM education and steered toward STEM-related career paths.
Discovery Cube Offers Solutions to U.S. STEM Education Crisis
It’s no secret that American students are falling behind other countries in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. U.S. students finished 27th in math and 20th in science in the most-recent ranking of 34 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the prestigious World Economic Forum ranks the United States. as No. 48 in quality of math and science education. Given this lag, the U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by 2018, a dire warning issued by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
That’s why Discovery Science Foundation – the organization responsible for the Discovery Cube campuses in Los Angeles and Orange County – is gearing up to observe 2016 National Engineers Week in February. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week aims to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering work force by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.
Programs at the Cube help students improve their science proficiency in the classroom and better understand the Next Generation Science Standards. Yet science learning doesn’t have to occur in the classroom only, as the Cube’s approach to immersive exhibits and hands-on learning prove.
To celebrate Engineers Week (Feb. 20-28, 2016), Discovery Cube will host a week of exploring, creating and building with hands-on activities in various fields of engineering. Tinkerers and builders of all ages can participate in the annual Egg Drop Competition on Feb. 27 or 28 (depending on location) by making homemade ETVs (egg transport vehicles) and putting them to the ultimate test – a drop from 20 feet in the air. Each campus will host other events, too, so visitors can participate in Engineers Week including: design and build a block tower and Cantenary Arch; build and test a parachute with daily prizes for longest “hang time”; and build a snap circuit.