Shepard students spend day at U of I
May 2, 2013 11:08AM
More than 100 students from Shepard High School and their teachers traveled to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the School of Engineering's open house. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 6, 2013 6:03AM
Shepard High School teachers took about 100 students to the School of Engineering open house at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The students from the Palos Heights high school met university professors and engineering students to help develop a clearer understanding of engineering careers and majors.
Caroline Stark said she learned about the possibilities for females in engineering.
“Engineering can be for girls, too,” Stark said after the event in a news release. “It was an awesome experience to learn about all the different engineering careers. I enjoyed it so much.”
Maddy Kachold said she discovered that agricultural engineering is looking for women to enter the field, and Joe Cullinan said he feels more confident about his own ability to consider engineering as a career.
“Becoming an engineer isn’t as impossible as I thought,” Cullinan said.
The open house featured a variety of exhibits and demonstrations.
Shepard students watched a pan levitate and the creation of ice cream using liquid nitrogen.
Students participated in hands-on activities also.
Some students used a laser to engrave a poker chip, helped make an oobleck (from the Dr. Seuss book), operated robots and created mini-Legos with a 3-D printer.
Shepard students said the tour of the campus was time well spent.
“I enjoyed seeing the exhibits, but even more I enjoyed exploring the campus and seeing what college life is like. I liked talking to the students and getting a better idea of how to get accepted into the field of my choice,” Krissy Schmude said.