The College of DuPage Engineering Club will host an educational event aimed at homeschooled children from kindergarten to fifth grade from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 3559, on the College's Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.
While this event is aimed at homeschooled children, it is free and open to all children in kindergarten to fifth grade.
According to Engineering Club President Josie Suter, the event came about after she was contacted by a local homeschool group.
"We are thrilled to present this interactive and educational event to homeschooled children who may not have the opportunity to experience engineering and science in action at this level," she said. "Many homeschool groups don't have the resources to provide the tools and state-of-the-art facilities for their students the way a large public school like College of DuPage can. It's important that we, as a community college, attempt to reach and serve our entire community."
During the event, participants will be divided into two groups -- kindergarten to second grade and third through fifth grades -- and will learn about the three main engineering disciplines: civil, mechanical and electrical. The program will include presentations about specific engineering fields and opportunities to learn a technical skill and complete a hands-on project.
Parents may also attend an optional seminar on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education that will include a discussion on how to interest their children through experimentation. Parents also will receive a list of resources and fun, age-appropriate projects that can be done at home.
The club will host additional homeschool outreach events from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 17. The deadline to register for the January events is Dec. 31.
Seating is limited and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register for this event. For more information, contact Josie Suter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COD Engineering Club provides a diverse, flexible, open and constructive environment for prospective engineers and technicians to work together on projects, gain experience, and promote engineering and technology. Visit www.cod.edu.
The Engineering program at COD provides the first two years of baccalaureate work, including courses in mathematics, computer programming, chemistry, physics, engineering graphics, mechanics, circuits and general studies. Upon completion of the Associate in Engineering Science degree, students transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions where they complete the last two years of their bachelor's degree in engineering. Click here for more information about Engineering at COD.
In addition, COD offers the innovative Engineering Pathways program, which provides guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.