SWE Outreach at Philadelphia Science Festival

As one of over 180 exhibitors this year, Philadelphia SWE led a hands-on activity titled "How do planes fly?"
SWE Outreach at Philadelphia Science Festival

On Saturday, May 4th, Philadelphia SWE teamed up with The Franklin Institute at the Philadelphia Science Carnival. This event was held outside on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and culminated the 2019 Philadelphia Science Festival which was nine days of science fun!

As one of over 180 exhibitors this year, Philadelphia SWE led a hands-on activity titled “How do planes fly?” For this activity, over 300 children who stopped by our table built their own planes using straws, cardstock, and an earplug to learn about center of gravity and how wing placement affects stability in flight. After creating their planes, they were then able to immediately test out their designs by throwing them at our paper target. For those children who stayed around longer, we explained the engineering design process and guided them on how to improve their original design and then let re-test their modified design.

Special thanks to all our SWE volunteers who helped run the table: Dani Schroeder (Philadelphia SWE VP of Outreach), Melissa Cirillo, Maissoun Ksara, Katie Walzer, Maria Legato (Philadelphia SWE President), Nikita Patel, and Elena Nasto.