Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, the Florida Tech Society of Automotive Engineers student Formula and Baja teams, the Student Rocket Society, and the American Chemical Society hosted a special campus visit by about 100 Suntree Elementary School sixth graders, teachers and chaperones on March 7. The purpose of the visit was to increase student awareness and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students toured the campus and participated in various activities to expose them to the collegiate STEM environment.
The group visited several stations with experiments and exhibits including the student-built SAE Baja all-terrain vehicle and Formula 1 racecar, a gummy bear combustion reaction, the extreme temperatures and effects of liquid nitrogen, exploding hydrogen and oxygen balloons and the very loud and exciting static firing of a solid propellant rocket motor. “We are excited that our university can help to inspire these young students to pursue STEM education,” said Daniel Kirk, professor of aerospace engineering and faculty advisor to the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society.