BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Middle School welcomed the Rensselaer Engineering and Science Ambassadors to visit science and technology classes, the week of Oct. 17, and to share exploratory activities and lessons developed at RPI. During each hour long class the college-aged ambassadors taught the students an engineering or science lesson as well as facilitated a demonstration or a hands-on design activity. Over 600 middle school students participated.
This year’s topics presented included advanced manufacturing, bioluminescence, frozen particle simulation, lighting and wind energy. In addition to learning about science and engineering, the middle school students had the opportunity to learn about academics in college and college life.
“These opportunities provided by the Rensselaer Ambassadors allow students to identify careers they can pursue as well as what they will need to do over the next several years to achieve their goals,” indicated Diane Irwin, K-12 science coordinator for the Ballston Spa Central School District. “The Ambassadors provide invaluable perspectives and serve as great role models for our students.”
The Rensselaer Ambassadors are an assembly of highly motivated students focused on inspiring a younger audience to explore the role of engineers and scientists in society. The ambassadors offer hands-on demonstrations and short presentations at no cost to the school districts on topics to encourage the interest of students in careers in the areas of science, technology and engineering.
To learn more, visit the RPI Engineering Ambassadors program website at http://engineeringambassadors.union.rpi.edu/index.php.
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