2014 Engineering Discovery Days

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The UW College of Engineering held its annual Engineering Discovery Days on April 25-26, 2014. The event, now in its 99th year, brings K-12 students and their families to the UW Seattle campus to learn about engineering from current engineering students and faculty.

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) hosted hands-on activities on Rainier Vista and information sessions inside Sieg Hall on Friday and Saturday. 

Exhibits included:

  • Designing the Future
    Students learned sketching and prototyping to bring ideas for future technology to life. 
  • Superhero Centered Design
    Students practiced designing for user needs by helping Harry the Husky create a “superhero bracelet” to defeat his archrival Butch the Cougar. 
  • Fizzlab
    Hands-on prototyping exercises for mobile apps, interactive electronics, and 3D printing. 
  • Using Social Media to Help Respond to Emergencies
    HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird and her research group demonstrated how social media can help emergency responders and citizens contribute to their communities.
  • HCDE Undergraduate Info Session
    Students and their families were given an overview of the  Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering by HCDE undergraduate advisor Stephanie White.

Engineering Discovery Days HCDE table Engineering Discovery Days mobile prototyping

HCDE undergraduate student Melissa Jones helped organize the activities and volunteers for the weekend, including mobile app prototyping. “There were a few groups of  kids who were really into the app designing, one group of young girls made a fashion app and another group of kids worked on a fun app to help really young kids learn how to read. A teenaged boy made an app that was a voice activated language translation app,” Jones said.

HCDE thanks the community members and students who volunteered their time to make this event a success:
Melissa Jones, Daniel Aldridge, Ona Anicello, Jessica Bao, Rose Beede, Launa Blaine, Keting Cen, Long Dinh, Morgan Duffy, Luis Flores, Dian Hartono, Jennifer Kumura, Derek Lee, Aiko Lin, Andrew Lo, Gabby Mehlman, Anu Mohajerjasbi, Nitaya Munkhong, Geraldine Ragsac, Bonny Rivers, Mihir Shah, Vicky Tran, Megan Taylor, and Xiaochen Yu.

HCDE student Melissa Jones at Engineering Discovery Days Super Hero bracelet sketching HCDE