Civil Engineers plan, design, construct and maintain structures such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, tunnels, and pipelines. Civil engineers analyze how building the structures will affect the environment.
Understanding the ecosystems around us requires ecologists to consider three things. Girlstart’s after school participants did just that last week. To better understand the factors that affect animal populations, human impact on the environment, and the importance of balancing species’ populations, the girls created a food web by connecting relationships of a variety of producers and consumers.
Our After School girls explored objects that operate with wind energy before building and testing their own wind turbine system. The teams were challenged to design a wind turbine that could lift the heaviest load. They ran trials to determine if the number of blades impacted the mass that could be lifted and they identified how they could be used to generate electricity.