HACC’s Kids Discovery Days focus on engineering, green technology

          HARRISBURG – Youngsters ages 7-12 can experience the exciting world of engineering and green technology during two Discovery Day programs offered at HACC’s Midtown 2 at 1500 N. Third St.
“Discover Engineering” will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 18, and “Discover Green Technology” will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17. The cost per student for each program is $49.
Participants will learn first-hand about opportunities in the engineering and green technology fields and explore related activities.
In “Discover Engineering,” students will form teams to explore and build a circuit; learn about Computer Aided Drafting by working through an exercise creating a solid model of an animated robot; and build a solar powered vehicle. The final activity will be a “dream challenge” in which teams will create an engineering product for the year 2050. The teams will build a model and give a presentation. The winners receive a candy bar.
Students who sign up for “Discover Green Technology” will design and build numerous turbine blades to study wind power, using a stop watch, measuring distance and calculating velocity to determine the best design; work through four exercises to learn about solar power; and make a working clock using soda, fruit juice and water to demonstrate fluid power. The final activity will be a “dream challenge” in which teams create an environmentally friendly product for the year 2050. Each team will build a model and give a presentation. Winners receive a candy bar.
To register, call 717-780-2414 or go to the noncredit registration office in the Welcome Center on the second floor of the Cooper Student Center on the campus.
For more information, contact Kim Ketelsleger at kaketels@hacc.edu or go to www.hacc.edu and click on “continuing education” then “youth programs.”