YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Engineering students at Youngstown State University unveiled projects on Thursday that could soon find a permanent home at the Oh Wow Center.
The kids educational center in Youngstown and the university held the demonstration at Moser Hall on the campus.
This was the first year students gave attendees a chance to see their projects in action. For organizers, the program is about teaching engineering students the real-life applications of their designs.
“It’s really exciting seeing what these engineering students are doing, and seeing them go outside their comfort zones. They’re dealing with things like physics and early childhood education; not things typical engineering students are doing in other university settings,” said Oh Wow Education Manager Audra Carlson.
“The students are supposed to be gaining some experience with design and understanding design is a process. You don’t just think somehthing up and immediately put it into place. It takes weeks, time. It evolves over the span of time,” added Engineering Program Director Kerry Meyers.
The finalists’ projects will be on display next month for the public to see and comment on. The center plans to add its picks to the permanent collection by July.