Ballston Spa students explore engineering with RPI Ambassadors

Sunday, December 15, 2013
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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Middle School students recently participated in a variety of engineering exploratory activities provided by the Engineering Ambassadors of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The ambassadors offer hands-on demonstrations and short presentations at no cost to the school districts on topics to encourage the interest of students in science, technology and engineering.

The topics that were presented to the different classes included fluid dynamics, advanced manufacturing, manufacturing polymers, biomedical engineering, prosthetics and infectious diseases.

In addition to learning about science and engineering, the middle school students had the opportunity to hear from the college students why they had chosen to study engineering and additional information about campus life.

“These opportunities provided by the Engineering Ambassadors allow students to identify careers they can pursue as well as what they will need to do over the next several years to achieve their goals,”said Diane Irwin, K-12 science coordinator for the Ballston Spa Central School District.

“The Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors provide invaluable perspectives and serve as great role models for our students.”

RPI Engineering Ambassador Maranda Wong arranged for the visit to the Ballston Spa Middle School and the schedule for the day’s event. “It was great to see so many students that voluntarily went to the EA panel discussion after school, where there were nonstop questions for the approximately 45 minutes,” Wong said.

The students asked a full range of questions, including: What is your favorite thing about college? How much homework do you have? Was it difficult to find your way around? How did you select your area of study?

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