How can my students experience Explore TEC?
The Exploreum offers 90-minute workshops led by education staff for middle school and high school students. Teachers are encouraged to participate in scheduled trainings to learn more about the programs prior to their visit, although it is not required. Teachers may participate in teacher training workshops at no cost and will receive five (5) Professional Development Credits for participation. Student workshops are offered in the courses listed below and may be tailored to your students’ level of expertise. Seating is limited to 24 participants for an Explore TEC workshop. Please click here for pricing and call 251.208.6849 to book your Explore TEC workshop.
SolidWorks: Reinventing the Wheel
Middle and high school students will go through the process of reverse engineering to understand how mechanical parts are designed using SolidWorks 3D Computer Aided Design Software. Students will examine and take measurements of an actual mechanical part, create 2D drawings and translate their data into a 3D design in SolidWorks. Once the design is complete, students will get to compare their design to a plastic prototype printed by the Exploreum’s 3D printer and examine the prototype for accuracy and functionality.
This course is designed to meet a number of Alabama Course of Study objectives in middle school math and high school geometry. The Exploreum has also created pre-visit and post-visit activities designed to expose students to real world applications of 3D design, which will further enhance an Explore TEC field trip.
GEARS Invention Design System: Pneumatic Catapult Competition
Middle and high school students will take on the engineering design challenge of constructing heavy metal catapults, powered with pneumatics. Working in teams, students will work within real-world limitations, apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and learn how to construct pneumatic systems in order to design a robotic catapult that actually launches objects.
This course is designed to meet a number of Alabama Course of Study objectives in middle school physical science and high school physical science and physics. The Exploreum has also created pre-visit and post-visit activities designed to introduce students to real world applications of prototyping mechanical systems.
I am a teacher and want to learn how to use the software programs. How do I do that?
Explore TEC teacher workshops will be routinely offered at no cost to teachers. Teachers are highly encouraged to participate in scheduled trainings to learn more about the programs prior to visiting with their students. Five (5) Professional Development Credits will be awarded to teachers who complete the Explore TEC training for teaching math and science. Please click here to see a full list of educational programs and events offered.
I plan to visit Explore TEC many times with my students. What’s the most cost effective way to do this?
Educators who want to bring their students multiple times to Explore TEC are encouraged to purchase the Explore TEC Experience Package and save!
How can my students access the 3D printer?
If your student has created a design in AutoCAD or SolidWorks, the file can be sent to the Exploreum’s 3D printer for printing, washing and pick-up. Please call 251.208.6849 to place your order.