Coding Club 2.0 Visits CSU
This past Tuesday, the 18 members of Coding Club 2.0 visited Cleveland State University’s (CSU) Washkewicz College of Engineering. CSU welcomed us with open arms, and provided our students with an engaging educational experience.
Our day began with breakfast. While they enjoyed bagels, pastries, and juice, students learned about various types of engineering (e.g., mechanical, electrical, civil, computer science). We then toured both the mechanical and robotics/prosthetics engineering labs, where we spoke with professors. Our coders learned about engineering projects to improve the design of drones, an engine that is designed to function continuously without maintenance for 15 years in space, and different types of prosthetics.
Next on our agenda (yes, each student received a copy of our day’s agenda) was a campus tour. For many of our coders, this was their first visit to a university campus, and they were amazed that a single “school” could be made up of so many buildings! One student asked if colleges have principals. Others had questions about living on campus and how commuting worked.
After our tour, our students enjoyed a lunch of salad, pizza, cookies & brownies. They then undertook an engineering challenge of their own. The coders were divided into four teams and were given a supply of straws and pipecleaners. Teams were tasked with building the tallest tower possible that would support a rubber ball. Each team was supported by a CSU engineering student. Our teams worked very hard to create their towers, communicating their ideas, sharing the work, and cheering one another on. CSU’s engineers told me that our students’ work was more impressive than that of some high school students they’ve seen!
Before leaving, our Hayes Coding Club members had the opportunity to ride a Segway! Each student also received a backpack, sunglasses, and engineering fact cards to take home. What a terrific field trip! Each and every one of our coders represented Hayes well; we were told over and over again how well behaved the students were, that they asked thoughtful questions and that they did great work during the engineering challenge. Well done, Coders!