High school girls visited Viasat Inc. last Friday for their annual Tech Trek event designed to provide a fun and engaging experience to explore STEM career opportunities within a prominent global communications company. Students enjoyed hands-on activities including "Point & Peak" (pictured here), binary bracelets and networking with the STEM professionals of ViaSat. Thank you to ViaSat for providing this event to excite the next generation of girls to consider a career in global communications!
This was our second member meeting. We shared where we are at with the project and some of the challenges encountered so far. We discussed slowing down the project and reviewing the Design Process and how to apply it to the Doggie Treat Dispenser project. Each team was provided with a handout to build a “blue print”. Our mentors brought a variety of materials to sift through to help each us determine what we might want to use for our dispenser. We continued to work on our designs to create a prototype and assess current design. For girls still in need of access to the project outline and requirements, click on this: "Doggie Treat Dispenser".
The Design Process is an Iterative Process
NOTE: A second mentor workshop available for students on October 11th; email sent with additional information.
Next meeting is October 20th from 10:30am-noon at the Microsoft Store - Park Meadows. We will continue to work on our prototypes and consider mechanical and electronic control options.
It was so great to see familiar faces from last year and all the new faces joining our high school chapter this year! We spent some time getting to know each other and then dove right into our Assistive Technology Project to design a "Doggie Treat Dispenser". This project was presented as a 3-Phase project structured to provide a good understanding of what bioengineering encompasses in a fun, creative way.
Mandy Perras discussing her undergraduate degree in bioengineering
Meet our Professionals
MS/BS Bioengineering Student: Mandy Perras; LinkedIN profile
Family Physician and Population Health Practitioner: Alicen Nelson; LinkedIN profile
Meet our Mentors
Vanessa Martin-Wegryn - Mechanical Engineer
Emily Jaeger - Civil Engineer
Kamee Florendo - Mechanical Engineer
Kristi Steinhilber - Meteorologist