This past Saturday, Hollie Mellgren, Jennifer Parkhurst, and Allyn Jorgensen from CTA Billings volunteered to help local 2nd through 8th-grade students with hands-on engineering activities as part of Billings STEM Saturday’s “Adventures in Engineering” event. STEM Billings holds three to four events per school year to engage local students in STEM activities. Over 130 kids signed up for the most recent event!
So, what do two mechanical engineers and one structural engineer opt to do for their activity? Electrical engineering, of course! We built electrical circuits from aluminum foil, cut up holiday light strands, and nine-volt batteries. Even if the kids didn’t realize it, they learned about series and parallel circuits while having fun, problem-solving, and engineering along the way!