Course: 25.107 Introduction to Engineering I
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: Stephen Johnston
Partner:Tsongas History Center
The Tsongas Center requested assistance in the development of an exhibit dealing with recycling, renewable energy, and engineering. The subject of the exhibit was the use of power and energy, especially as it pertains to the history and the future of industry in the greater Lowell area. The students of the Introduction to Engineering course brought relevant engineering technologies to life through the development of an exciting Rube Goldberg engineering exhibit.
Four-hundred twenty-six Intro to Engineering I students worked in teams to each develop a Rube Goldberg type device to excite students in grades three to eight about recycling, renewable energy, and engineering. Each device was started by pouring up to a gallon of water into it, and having it use as many unique energy transfers as possible on the way to separating recyclable steel, glass, and plastic. Bonus points were given for using renewable energy.