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Description

Columbia Engineering Outreach Programs aim to provide greater accessibility to academic and professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially for traditionally underrepresented local stakeholders. Through community engagement, we enhance the quality and reach of learning at all levels.

Our updated Inside Engineering program now brings Columbia Engineering lab content straight to you! These now are featured in the format of hands-on, engaging engineering design activities and lessons that you can do right in your own homes or classrooms.

The Engineering Speaks program now accommodates remote sessions that allow K-12 students to hear directly from engineers from Columbia University, through virtual panels, workshops, and seminars.


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Cancellation Policy

Please contact us directly 24 hours in advance of your reservation date if you are unable to keep your reservation such that we can coordinate with our labs.

Info

500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

1-646-745-8422

engineeringoutreach@columbia.edu

Sun
Closed
Mon
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tues
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
Closed
Subjects
Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Ecosystems, Math, Measurement & Data, Water Testing, Technology, Physics, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Patterns, Statistics & Probability, The Scientific Method, Biology, Life Sciences, Earth's Systems, Weather And Climate
Activities
School Based Program, Live Virtual Event, Field Trip, Virtual Field Trip, Career Talk, College Tour
Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, K
Cost
Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations

Learning Experiences

School Based Program

Let's Make Polymers!

In this activity, students will learn about the properties of polymers, what kinds of polymers we interact with every day, and the applications of polymers. To understand these concepts, students will make their own slime and then their own bouncy balls. Students will be able to identify the various roles each substance plates in the creation of the slime and the bouncy ball, as well as the different properties of the polymers that comprise both creations.

Subjects Covered

science, chemistry, engineering

Grades
6, 7, 8
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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Analyzing a Hurricane: 101

In this activity, students will walk through a data analysis activity involving historical hurricane records and includes topics such as plotting, filtering, and basic statistics related to storms. Students will formulate questions about hurricanes and how climate change may impact them. Students will be able to modify the code to answer questions they may have on the behavior of hurricanes.
Depending on the background of the student group, this can be made more or less complex. For this reason, this activity can be geared towards generally for students from 6-12.

Subjects Covered

math, measurement & data, science

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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You Have Too Many Pictures on Your Phone? Use Image Summarization!

In this activity, students will learn how to use mathematical optimization to aid in image summarization. In image summarization, there is a large collection of images and the goal is to find a small summary that consists of representative images. For example, for a collection with many images of a mountain and many images of a beach, a good summary would only keep a single mountain image and a single beach image. The activity will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on how to formulate the problem of image summarization as a mathematical problem. The second part will focus on an algorithm for solving image summarization.

Subjects Covered

math, science, engineering

Grades
9, 10
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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Tear Apart a Computer

In this activity, students will follow an instructor-led disassembly of a desktop computer (we will supply a small number of discarded computers to be used for this exercise). During the disassembly, we will identify the various components (e.g., disk drive, power supply, motherboard, memory, CPU) and talk about their roles. Students will then participate in a discussion about why things are done the way they are (e.g., why do we need a power supply? What's the difference between memory and a disk drive).

Subjects Covered

science, engineering

Grades
6, 7, 8
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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"Hey Siri, How Do I Purify Water?"

In this activity, students will take part in a demonstration of the processes used to purify drinking water in rural areas. Students will receive a brief overview of a typical drinking water treatment train, illustrating how their drinking water is kept safe in New York City. Students will then take a sample of contaminated water and add a coagulant/oxidizer powder which will lead to the water being safe to drink (though the students will not be allowed to drink it).

Subjects Covered

science, engineering, water testing

Grades
11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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Learn, Create, Test: An Introduction to Robotics

In this activity, students will form teams to design a robot with the provided supplies. The teams will then compete with their designed robots to see which robot can cross the finish line first. Through this activity, students will learn the components of a robot and how they are used from day-to-day activities to industry applications.

Subjects Covered

science, engineering

Grades
11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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A "Sound" Investigation of Batteries

In this activity, students will learn the fundamentals of batteries, what they are made of, and how sound waves are affected by battery materials. Batteries are key energy storage technologies for our portable electronics and electric vehicles but are very complex devices. They are difficult to measure because the materials are enclosed inside a rigid container. Ultrasounds can be used to send sound waves through the battery to understand its state of health and mechanical properties. Students will observe how the sound wave changes as it is passed over the battery.

Subjects Covered

science, engineering, technology

Grades
11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 35 stu.
Activity

school based program

Duration
45 min.
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Live Virtual Event

Field Trip

Virtual Field Trip