First-year engineering students at Youngstown State University displayed the results of their design projects for the Oh Wow! Children’s Center on Tuesday.
The process required each group to design a prototype exhibit appropriate for children. Students then had to build their project, incorporating real engineering concepts to interest children in science.
“We really want students to understand the design process is the main thing. So, they go through the whole process of coming up with ideas, building, testing, revising their design. But, we also have them do applications for computer programming,” said Kerry Meyers, director of the YSU program.
“I gained, even as a mechanical engineering major, my branch is going to go far beyond. This had a lot of electrical components that we had to learn. It took a lot to understand it. But we managed to do it,” said YSU engineering student Frank Ciapaoa.
Students said they put in a lot of hours researching and working on the projects, which took all semester to create.