Hands-On Engineering Projects

Hands-On Engineering Projects

June 2015 - December 2017

I created hands-on projects for Technovation Families that are used by children, families, and educators. These activities teach engineering concepts based on the work of scientists and engineers. All challenges use simple household materials, are suitable for students ages 5-18, are open-ended, and connect to real applications of science and engineering. Some of the topics I’ve developed these hands-on challenges around include:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Nanoscience
  • Genetics
  • Aerospace
  • Biomimicry
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

In addition to developing challenges, I also develop many supporting materials to accompany them such as videos, lesson plans, teacher guides, and more.

Artificial Intelligence

During the Spring of 2017, my team and I developed three hands-on challenges to teach children and their families about artificial intelligence. The three challenges are listed below:

Parallel Processing Machine Neural Network Self Driving Car Game
Parallel Processing Photo Neural Network Photo Self Driving Car Photo

The three challenges were tested out with a group of high schoolers at conference by NVIDIA. Afterwards they were incorporated in outreach events by NVIDIA and into the AI Family Challenge curriculum.


In the Winter of 2017, I created three videos to accompany activities developed with the help of undergraduate students at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). These videos explain important concepts in nanoscience and help students get starting building the challenges.

Quantum Dots Nanopipe Nanostamp
Quantum Dots Photo Nanopipes Photo Nanolithography Photo


In the fall of 2015, I worked with Elliot Meyerowitz, a scientist at the California Institute of Technology, to develop two videos and a hands-on building project that teaches children about plant genetics. The project and two videos that work together to deliver technical concepts to a young audience.

Design a Set of Mechanical Genes
Mechanical Genes Photo


In a partnership with Boeing, I worked with engineers to develop hands-on projects based around the engineering work at Boeing. In total, my team developed 21 activities, each with three accompanying videos. Below are three of the challenges.

Safe Stopping Robot Fuel Level Detector SLS Inspired Rocket
Safe Stopping Robot Fuel Level Detector SLS Rocket


In addition to these challenges, I’ve also developed and contributed to many others. Some notable examples are listed below.

Planting Machine Blooming Flower Root System
Planting Machine Build a Blooming Flower Make a Root System
Water Collection System Light Dispersal System Wind Powered Turbine
Water Collection System Light Dispersal System Water Collection System