PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County continued
its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering &
Mathematics) education in partnership with the Carnegie Science
Center at "Engineer the Future" held on February 21-23. The focus
of the event was to inspire middle and high school students to
explore careers in engineering as they participated in hands-on
activities, interacted with professionals in the field, and viewed
presentations at more than 40 event tables.
CCAC South Campus Engineering faculty members Reza
Chitsazzadeh and Carlos Taylor involved the students in
several engineering-themed exhibits, including a 3D-printed robotic
hand operated by a micro-controller, a light-activated switch that
turns a fan on and off, and a capacitor that stores energy via a
hand-crank motor charger.
During the event, Chitsazzadeh and Taylor also participated
in Career Café, an informal speed networking activity in which
middle and high school students learned about a variety of
engineering careers from professionals in the field.
To learn more about CCAC's STEM programs, visit ccac.edu/STEM
1. Carlos Taylor, Engineering educational technician (at left)
and Reza Chitsazzadeh, professor of Electronic Engineering, display
engineering activities at Carnegie Science Center's "Engineer the
2. 3D-printed robotic hand with micro-controller