Discover Engineering teaches parents and kids about Texas A&M Engineering

The Zachry Engineering Center, filled with visitors for Discover EngineeringThe hallways of the Zachry Engineering Center were filled with excitement on a recent Saturday morning.Discover Engineering was in full swing and young minds were expanding. On Oct. 23, the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University hosted Discover Engineering, a "satellite" event for the first-ever USA Science and Engineering Festival.One of the Discover Engineering participants, Lorelei Tharpe, wrote that her 11-year old son, Caleb, attended the event and was most excited to navigate the Krisys robot at the Engineering Technology booth."He kept going back to [the Engineering Technology] booth throughout the entire day," Tharpe said. "We couldn't walk past, with him saying 'just one more time, please.' I purchased an Aggie Engineering shirt, which he promptly washed when we got home so he would wear it to church the next day. He washed it again on Sunday to be able to wear it to school on Monday."Caleb Tharpe, visiting the Krisys robot boothTharpe said her son was so excited about the experience that when he went home, he disassembled an old Father's day card that played the theme from Star Wars and decided to break it down to see the circuit board and speaker, just because he remembered the circuit boards on the robots.It is estimated that more than 2,000 people from across the state of Texas made the trip to College Station to attend Discover Engineering.The event was coordinated by the Engineering Student Services and Academic Programs (ESSAP) and was supported by all engineering departments, as well as the Texas Transportation Institute, the Texas Center for Applied Technology, NASA Johnson Space Center and several engineering student organizations.Engineering departments, institutes and student organizations put together more than 50 tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the college of engineering's open house. Faculty and staff members were also available to address questions from prospective students and their parents. The second floor was busy with younger students exploring the hands on activities offered by the engineering student organizations, while older students explored different engineering majors on the first floor.In addition, prospective students had an opportunity to listen to Dr. César Malavé, associate dean of engineering, who gave an overview of the engineering program to capacity crowd. A student panel of current engineering students answered questions following Malavé's presentation.Finally, Astronaut Rick Linehann shared with participants images of his four trips to the International Space Station and the repair of the Hubble Telescope."It was an excellent way to demonstrate what humans have been able to accomplish with the advances of science and engineering and excite the young generation about the amazing opportunities that are waiting for them in a STEM career," Malavé said.Discover Engineering was one of three events at Texas A&M on Oct. 23. Other events included Big Physics Day and Chemistry Open House.