Education & Outreach

Laboratory Outreach

After School Science

Graduate students in the DBEC laboratory are encouraged to participate in After School Science and Engineering.  This program is an inventive STEM enrichment program run by Dartmouth students (undergraduate and graduate) who enjoy sharing their passion for science and engineering with children in elementary school and junior high. Weekly during each academic term, Dartmouth students lead hand-on activities that exemplify fundamental concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In the past, students have built everything from boats and rockets to mouse trap dragsters and gumdrop towers under the guidance of experienced student mentors. Projects and lessons are tailored to the ages of the students. 

Junior Solar Sprint

Each year our lab works with Tau Beta Pi honor society to host the Upper Valley’s Junior Solar Sprint competition.  Our competition is the longest-running Solar Sprint competition in the nation, having reached thousands of local middle-school students over the last several decades.

The Junior Solar Sprint aims to teach middle school students the importance of recycling, sustainable energy, and mechanical engineering fundamentals. Each year, we anticipate that over 100 students will have the opportunity to team up and build their own solar powered car. Each team is allowed a common motor and solar cell; the remainder of the car, however, will be uniquely designed. By allowing the students to experiment with their design, each team can create a car that they are proud of.  The event allows true project-based learning in the STEM disciplines.

Engineering Open House

Each Spring, Thayer School welcomes the public into its laboratories and work areas to see how engineering prepares students to innovate in medicine, public policy, law, architecture, design, technology, entrepreneurship, and more. Visitors enjoy tours, exhibits, and demonstrations by engineering faculty, staff and students as well as engineers from local industry.  Our laboratory is a popular stop, with demonstrations ranging from device analysis, to biomechanics, to high speed video analysis.