The University of Waterloo recently opened its doors to local elementary school students for the Faculty of Engineering’s annual Engineering Explorations night. Thousands of students from grades six to eight and their parents descended upon Waterloo Engineering to experience the faculty during a tour of the various departments. The three main objectives of Explorations are to excite students about engineering and technology, to provide the public with an opportunity to see what engineers do at the University of Waterloo and to promote the Faculty of Engineering.
The University of Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team (UWAFT) set up a booth and presented to the students and their parents about their team, the EcoCAR 2 competition and advanced vehicle technologies.
“The students asked many questions, so we knew they were well engaged during these discussions” said Rachael Morin, Director of Youth Outreach. Students were especially interested in UWAFT’s project goals of reducing fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions and well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Mark Goody, Director of Outreach, “many students were actually very knowledgeable about the problems that exist from society’s dependence on fossil fuels, the environmental risks associated with their extraction and the environmental damage caused by their emissions.”
UWAFT was very happy to give young students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about advanced vehicle technologies and the EcoCAR 2 program. Getting students interested in engineering and science is important because it ensures that there will be a next generation of passionate students, who are dedicated to solving real-world problems.