Engineering Activities

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Learn from Nature! Soil Particle Forces

What if we could "see" forces of soil particles as they interact with each other? To evaluate the effect of loading on soil particle force chains, Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) engineers are using photoelastic materials to explore the patterns and magnitude of inter-particle forces. Try a photoelasticity experiment at home and discover how CBBG engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

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What is a NanoFab?

NanoFab is the shortened name of a nanometer-scale fabrication facility. It is the cleanroom where devices with nanoscale features, like those found in computer chips, are built. Remember, 1 nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. So, the components being fabricated are extremely small. The video below will give a short tour of the ASU NanoFab, and talk about the device fabrication process using various pieces of advanced equipment and instruments. After watching the video, you can look around further at you own pace using the links on the side.

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Nano in Your Pocket - Ferrofluid

The application of nanotechnology is found in many aspects of our lives. You are probably thinking this activity’s title refers to computer chips in your mobile phone, and nanotechnology is indeed used there. But we are talking about something a bit more surprising. Watch the video to learn about the nano-enabled item you probably already have in your pocket.

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HOW SAFE ARE SELF-DRIVING CARS? – RISK BITES

How safe are self-driving cars? And how safe should they be before they're widely used? Self-driving cars—or autonomous vehicles as they are often referred to—could radically improve road safety, and increase mobility for people who currently cannot drive, or should not be driving. But how do we know that the benefits outweigh the risks? Join Risk Bites and Professor Andrew Maynard from the ASU College of Global Futures as we take a look at the safety of self-driving cars. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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Advanced materials 3D Manufacturing Laboratory tour

Our laboratory provides an insightful view of machines that are being used to prepare materials, test their properties, and 3D print the desired products right from hair clips to Airplane components. This quick tour of the laboratory will provide you with the why's and how's of the machinery functions. We are currently working on synthesizing advanced materials with improved performances, and our target is to explore polymer-based composites and hybrid materials through advanced manufacturing regarding their design, fabrication, characterization and, simulation.

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WHAT CAN SCI-FI MOVIES TEACH US ABOUT GETTING TECHNOLOGY RIGHT? – RISK BITES

Can science fiction movies help us develop new technologies more responsibly and ethically? Surprisingly, with the right guide, they can! Join Risk Bites and Professor Andrew Maynard from the ASU College of Global Futures as he explores how sci-fi movies can be used to help get new technologies right. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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A Fun and Easy Introduction to Arduino

Join the Linux Users Group at ASU for a fun and easy introduction to Arduino, including sensors, LEDs, and more! Featuring open-source software and hardware!

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IS FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY ETHICAL? – RISK BITES

How do we ensure that facial recognition technology is developed responsibly and ethically? Join Risk Bites and Professor Andrew Maynard from the ASU College of Global Futures as he dives into complex ethical problems and risks presented by face recognition. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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Tour Fulton Schools of Engineering 3D Print and Laser Cutter Lab

Tour Fulton Schools of Engineering 3D Print and Laser Cutter lab

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Learn from Nature! Surficial Soil Stabilization

What if we could find a natural way to stabilize surface soils by forming a protective glue that can reduce erosion and dust? Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) engineers and scientists are researching ways to add environmentally friendly materials, found in nature, to soil in order to help prevent the damaging effects of soil erosion. Try a fun hands-on hydrogel experiment at home and discover how engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

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Sun Devil Smackdown

Sun Devil Robotics Club is hosting our annual combat robotics competition, Sun Devil Smackdown! Come by and watch 3lb remote controlled robots fight each other to the death!

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Modify Me! Genetic Engineering Through an Obstacle Course

Learn about genetic engineering through our game! Four animals are competing in an obstacle course and each gets one genetic adaptation to help them win. Follow the thoughts of a hypothetical genetic engineer as they decide how to modify the animals to give them the winning edge. This is a fun and exaggerated example of the thought process real-life engineers go through in the lab.

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Demonstration of How Space is Cold and Empty

The Interplanetary Lab test satellites in the rigors of space. Professor Danny Jacobs demonstrates vacuum and cold, with surprising results.

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The Grand Opening of Biodesign Institute Building C

Awarded the Best Project in the Higher Education/Research category by Engineering News Record along with 10 other awards, tour the building that is home to the nation's premier team of neuroscience researchers.

Engineering | Tour

Advanced Materials Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory Tour

Our laboratory provides an insightful view of machines that are being used to prepare materials, test their properties, and 3D print the desired products right from hair clips to Airplane components. This quick tour of the laboratory will provide you with the why's and how's of the machinery functions. We are currently working on synthesizing advanced materials with improved performances, and our target is to explore polymer-based composites and hybrid materials through advanced manufacturing regarding their design, fabrication, characterization, and, simulation.

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Smelly Balloons

How big is a nanometer? We can't easily see nanometer-sized objects, but we can smell them! This activity will use balloons and flavor extracts to demonstrate how the molecules of the flavors can pass through tiny nanopores in the balloons.

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Studying Diseases on Chips

Our lab works on the creation of organs-on-chips and microscale tissue engineering! We specifically work in the fields of cardiovascular research and cancer biology. Come learn about the micro-models that we make in our lab, and how we use them to study different diseases.

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LEGO Engineering for Kids!

Fulton Schools of Engineering is challenging children 5 to 14 years of age by exploring engineering concepts using LEGOs and LEGO robotics from the comfort of their home. Hear from Mr. Knorr, Camp Instructor and STEM middle school teacher about the virtual LEGO robotics camps that Fulton Virtual Summer Academy is offering and how STEM learning can be activated through play. These engaging camps were designed to capture children’s innate creative spirit and curiosity through unique LEGO building challenges which are tied directly into fundamental STEM concepts. Learning through play safely at home!

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Graphite Circuit

Light up a lamp using a circuit made out of graphite! This activity demonstrates the conductivity of graphite, which is also the source material for graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms.

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Learn from Nature! Self-burrowing Robot

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) scientists and engineers are trying to design a self-burrowing robot inspired by the razor clam in nature, to help monitor soil health conditions. Build a simple burrowing robot at home and discover how CBBG engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

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Discover the Fulton Schools of Engineering

Are you interested in becoming an engineer or computer programmer, or working with artificial intelligence? Through our recorded webinars and program videos discover the 25 different degree programs offered on the Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, and how to customize your experience through the Fulton Difference. Learn how to select a discipline within the Fulton Schools and explore options to accelerate your path to graduation.

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Resilience in materials and in life | ASU KEDtalks®️ featuring Aditi Chattopadhyay

No stranger to resistance, Regents’ Professor Aditi Chattopadhyay has forged her own path in aerospace engineering to design resilient materials capable of withstanding the rigors of the world.

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AMFD: The Art of Micro 3D Printing

Come join the Advanced Manufacturing and Functional Device Laboratory as we explore the micro 3D printing process through a fun hands-on activity!

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Autonomy Isn’t Autonomous | ASU KEDtalks®️ featuring Nancy Cooke

Robots and artificial intelligence are growing more and more autonomous. But they still need to work smoothly with humans to be effective. ASU Professor Nancy Cooke explores how humans, robots and AI can best work together as a team.

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NEWT technology demonstration

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution nanosystems engineering research center, funded by the National Science Foundation. NEWT uses advanced, new technologies that are safer, cost less, and more environment-friendly than the current technologies, to provide people with more clean drinking water. This video demonstrates some of our advanced techniques through an interactive learning activity that explains (nano-technology, water re-use) using common household/craft supplies.

Engineering | Demonstration

Spiral Paper Wind Chimes

Come join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) de ASU as we explore the engineering design process through the building of Spiral Paper Wind Chimes! Using paper, scissors, and some glue you can make a beautiful chime that spirals in the breeze.

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Sun Devil Satellite Laboratory

Sun Devil Satellite Laboratory is a Fulton Student Organization that applies a fascination with the universe, spacecraft, and the engineering profession to foster the academic experience at ASU in aiming to pursue the design and development of satellite and satellite-related technology. Click on the video below to learn about all the out-of-this-world technologies that Sun Devil Satellite Laboratory is working on!

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HOW RISKY IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE? – RISK BITES

How dangerous could artificial intelligence turn out to be, and how do we develop ethical and beneficial artificial intelligence? Join Risk Bites and Professor Andrew Maynard from the ASU College of Global Futures as we take a look at how we might develop AI safely, ethically, and beneficially, while avoiding potential dangers. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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WHAT IS LAB GROWN MEAT, AND WOULD YOU EAT IT? – RISK BITES

Imagine eating a hamburger that is, in every way, identical to the hamburgers you’re used to eating—except that didn’t come from an animal! While this may sound like science fiction, lab-grown meat (also known as cultured meat) may be available to most people in the next couple of years—they’re already being served up in Singapore! Join Risk Bites and Dr. Mariya Vizireanu from the ASU College of Global Futures as we take a look at what lab-grown meat is, and what the benefits and risks might be. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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Atomic Force Microscopy at Home

How do you see really tiny things? By feeling them! In this activity, you will see how to simulate an atomic force microscope (AFM) by feeling a bumpy surface and making an image.

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Young Inventor Spotlight

ASU Preparatory Academy Phoenix is a K-12 school of Sun Devils, located next to the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus! Join as we introduce you to Kenneth Warren, a young inventor who has created several useful inventions for his science class this year, including the “Ultimate Game Controller.” If you have a young inventor at home, watch Kenneth pitch his inventions and inspire other young Sun Devils on how to do the same!

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Will it Sink or Float?

Explore the world of underwater robotics and learn about buoyancy, the science behind what makes things float or sink! Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) experiments with this concept when they build their submarines. Join the team as they show you how to perform your own buoyancy experiment at home, with toys, washers, and water!

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Visiting the ASU Solar Power Lab

Have you ever wondered how to make a solar cell in a research lab? The Solar Power Lab is located at Macro Technology Works at the ASU research Park. In a state-of-the-art clean room with semiconductor processing and metrology equipment, ASU has a complete fabrication line for silicon solar cells. The facility includes 6,000 square feet of cleanroom space equipped with a full set of tools supporting silicon solar cell fabrication from wafers to modules. This video shows how solar cells are made in the lab. We describe the process from the silicon wafer to the final solar cell.

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WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH BRAIN MACHINE INTERFACES? – RISK BITES

Advanced brain computer interfaces like the one being developed by Elon Musk’s Neuralink have the potential to transform our lives for the better. But they also come with complex ethical challenges. Join Risk Bites and Professor Andrew Maynard from the ASU College of Global Futures as he explores the benefits, risks and ethics of advanced brain machine interface technology. Produced by Andrew Maynard and previously posted on the YouTube channel Risk Bites. Used with permission.

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STEM At Home Resources

Browse this curated collection of STEM resources and enjoy the various opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics from the comfort of your home.

Engineering | Demonstration

Learn from Nature! Soil Liquefaction

Mother Nature is Earth’s greatest design engineer, but she can also pack a destructive wallop. Researchers at the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) are learning from nature to discover ways to mitigate these destructive effects. Liquefaction, a phenomenon where saturated soil acts and flows like a liquid, is often the major source of property damage due to earthquakes. CBBG engineers are working to understand, and reproduce, ways in which nature cements and creates bubbles in soil to prevent soils from liquefying. Try a hands-on experiment at home to explore ways in which soil particles can be cemented together.

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Biomedical Engineering Society @ ASU

We are Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the professional organization for biomedical engineers on campus. We hold networking opportunities to our members by introducing faculty and industry representatives, host social events to facilitate connections between students, and provide mentorship to help students gain valuable experiences and an idea of their niche within the field. Recognizing that biomedical engineering is host to several specializations, the showcase of different research in labs and medical devices exemplifies the scope of this extremely diverse field.

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Frankenstein 201: Make Your Monster!

Build creatures and bring them to life with lights, simple machines, and electronics! This series of videos, inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, will show you how to use basic computer parts and programming tools to create your own animated stories and bring your creations to life. Your creature can light up when activated, move its body parts (a hand, tail, claw, wing, etc.), and even produce speech by moving its mouth while producing sound! By building and making, young people will be introduced to artificial intelligence, coding, physical prototyping, and the principles of responsible making.

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MobileNEWT: Platform for Development and Assessment of Nano-Based Water Treatment Technologies

The MobileNEWT (Nano-Enabled Water Treatment) is a customized, enclosed mobile trailer for easy hauling and deployment. It is built with a large concession side-window for public viewing, interaction, education, and dissemination of knowledge in featuring various Nano-based water treatment technologies. The overall goal of the MobileNEWT is to incorporate the advances in Engineering Nanomaterials (ENMs) and their integration into modular water treatment devices. These devices are then tested under actual field setting to validate these technologies in further driving innovations under the continuous-flow and field conditions toward real-world application and commercialization.

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3D Printing a Cube Satellite and Model Rocket

The Interplanetary Lab demonstrates it’s 3D printing capabilities with a time-lapse print of a cube satellite and model rocket.

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NEWT laboratory tour

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution nanosystems engineering research center, funded by the National Science Foundation. NEWT applies nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development. This video will walk you through four different NEWT laboratories at Arizona State University and associated research projects conducted by ASU NEWT students.

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Lets Catch the Bad Guys

In this demonstration, we will showcase our method of detecting pathogens and other scientifically interesting biomolecules. We will focus particularly on the rapid detection of the Ebola virus, one of the deadliest viruses in recent history. We will also discuss the possibility of extending this method to detect the COVID-19 virus as well as other biologically interesting molecules as long as a suitable system has been developed. It will give the audience a great insight into the diagnostic research and understanding through visualization.

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Marshmallow Tour Building with Fulton Student Council

Join the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Student Council in building a free standing marshmallow tower. Materials needed: 1 bag of mini marshmallows, 1 box of dry spaghetti pasta, and 1 paper plate. Submit your tallest tower at the link, the winners will be announced on our Instagram!

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Learn from Nature! Soils Lab Tour and Biocementation

Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) researchers mimic the natural formation of sandstone and increase soil strength through biomineralization process. Take a virtual tour of the CBBG Test Pit on the ASU Polytechnic campus, including the excavation of seven biocemented columns created using Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation (EICP). Make cemented soils at home and discover how engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

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SEDS-ASU: Rocketry Division Video

This video gives an overview of what we do as an organization and several of our members share their experiences with (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) SEDS-ASU: Rocketry Division.

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Learn from Nature! CoRncrete

What if we could find a natural way to bind sand together without using Portland cement? Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) engineers and scientist are researching ways to add environmentally friendly materials, found in nature, to use as an alternative building material. Try making your own coRncrete at home and discover how CBBG engineers are working to develop efficient, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective solutions that are inspired by nature!

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Next Level Devils: Real-world engineering in Microgravity

Meet ASU student club Next Level Devils and their current involvement in Phase II of NASA's Micro G NExT (Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams) challenge. Learn how they have worked to develop, design and fabricate prototype mission hardware to be tested at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Texas.

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Mission Phoenix Video Game

Join Desert WAVE (Women in Autonomous Vehicle Engineering) in their mission to provide greater autonomy to their robot submarine, Phoenix! This is an interactive game to help teach the public about the different stages of autonomy. This game is different from a traditional video game in that it becomes easier as you progress and upgrade Phoenix with new sensors and more sophisticated software. The idea is that the more intelligent these robots become, the less human interaction they require, and the more useful they become.

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Sun Devil Alka Rocketeers

The Sun Devil Alka Rocketeers is a Fulton Student Organization that accepts ALL majors and students from diverse backgrounds. Within the program we strive to provide professional development opportunities through our daily club operations. In turn, adding to your network as a student and prospective worker or intern. This is done through creating unique outreach programs for children grades K-12. As well as world records through our participation in the Bayer Alka-Seltzer Rocket Challenge. We are a nationally-ranked team REDEFINING what "rocket science" is.

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Particle Nature of Light

Our presentation will be an introductory lecture on the wave-particle duality of light called photons, beginning with a review of classical particle and wave properties. We’ll then move onto how these classical concepts of “particles” and “waves" break down in regard to photons, covering the history of experiments such as the photoelectric effect and double-slit experiment which showed that photons are both a wave and particle. The lecture will conclude with an examination of the implications of photons duality, specifically of how it led to the discovery of wave-like properties of particles and ultimately, Schrodinger’s development of quantum mechanics.