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Local middle school students experience E Day Dec. 3 at Penn State Fayette

12/6/2010 —

More than 100 students from five area middle schools participated in the 15th annual E Day event at Penn State Fayette Dec. 3. Participating schools included Connellsville East, Frazier, Geibel, Laurel Highlands and Somerset.

The theme of the day was “Measuring Success,” in which Penn State Fayette engineering students designed challenging, hands-on activities for the middle school students. In addition to E Day activities, students visited the campus’ Coal and Coke Heritage Center and visited off-campus engineering-related companies, including Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Dynamic Materials Corporation and Sensus.

Snapshots of the day’s events include:

Laurel Highlands Middle School 6th graders (from left) Delaney Martin, Gianna Schuessler, Haley Sutton and Lacey Lynch test out the mechanical advantage of using a pulley system.
Connellsville Junior High East 7th grader Tia Quairiere experiences the van der Graff generator.
Penn State Fayette engineering student Jason Hazuda (right) explains electric motor voltage to 8th grade Laurel Highlands Middle School students (from left) Jordan Trimbath and Daniel Mihalko.
Penn State Fayette engineering student Brian Hall demonstrates a thermocoupler to Connellsville Junior High East 8th graders (from left) Cody Nicholson and Brett Bair.

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