November 23, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the fourth annual Engineering and Science Education Expo on Monday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Larison Dining Hall at Bucknell.

More than 50 student teams will share inquiry-based teaching units and gizmos designed to teach science and engineering concepts — including motion, force, electricity, magnetism, chemistry and structural engineering and construction — to students in kindergarten to eighth grade.

"The 'Gizmo Expo' allows participants to watch the gizmos in action, talk to the students who designed them, and learn about how it all works," said Margot Vigeant, associate professor of engineering at Bucknell.

Heat transfer, water cycles and more
"This year, we have gizmos designed to teach students and Cub Scouts in a wide range of concept areas and skill levels," Vigeant added.

"We have gizmos designed to help teach challenging ideas about heat transfer for middle and high school students and other gizmos on the water cycle aimed at kindergarteners. There will be something for everyone."

The event is appropriate for teachers and volunteers looking for ideas as well as supervised children in the appropriate age range. All gizmos and teaching units will be given away to interested educators, leaders and volunteers at the end of the evening.

Gizmos / Teaching Units will address the following educational areas:

·      Concepts in Science requested by local teachers in K-12.

·      PA Teaching Standards for Elementary Education in Science and Technology (3.4.4.A, 3.4.4.B, 3.4.4.C, 3.6.4.C).

·      Cub Scout Webelos 2 "Engineer" Activity Badge requirements 5, 6, 8, and 9.

Scout troops are asked to register in advance with Vigeant by e-mail at or by calling 570-577-1646.

Contact: Division of Communications


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