Red Bank Regional recently celebrated Engineers Week with an event designed to encourage everyone to think like an engineer. According to Ms. Ashley Studd explained that Seniors from the Academy of Engineering and Academy of Information Technology ran a variety of simulations and demonstrations aimed at engaging and applying students' critical thinking skills. Teachers from all departments were invited to bring their classes down to explore the various activities that encouraged students to apply math and science to the tasks before them. "Bridge Time!", for example, challenged participants to construct a bridge from popsicle sticks and tape capable of supporting 500 grams. Miles Cunningham, AoE senior, added, "Most people go straight across, but you have to think outside the box. It's more about supporting the weight than it is the aesthetic." Engineering competitions included bridge building, paper boat, paper airplane, egg drop, and spaghetti tower. Engineering demonstrations included using Tinkercad, 3D printing, and Rube Goldberg machines. Some IT demonstrations included exploring cryptography, file signatures, and geolocation. Thanks to all students and teachers who planned and participated.
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