CCAC faculty engage high school students in STEM activities at Carnegie Science Center

CCAC STEM faculty - Engineer the Future
CCAC STEM - robotic hand
Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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.

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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 Future" event.

2. 3D-printed robotic hand with micro-controller

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