Cal Poly SWE visited Mrs. DiSanti’s virtual classrooms for Atascadero Middle School on February 8th, 2021 to once again teach students about mechanical engineering. Before beginning, we took a short mechanical engineering quiz with the students so we could assess our knowledge. We told them about Cal Poly and our mission to help others, while defining engineering and the importance of always improving your work through the engineering design process. We jumped into learning about mechanical engineering and what mechanical engineers study. Because we couldn’t do a physical experiment, we focused on software that would pertain to mechanical engineering. The students learned about different AutoCAD softwares that mechanical engineers use in industry, and even went through some Solidworks tools and how they are used to create different types of shapes. They were also able to view projects from Cal Poly students in different clubs, such as Cal Poly Racing. New plug-ins were used during this visit to better see the students in Google Meet, and more volunteers were involved during this visit than the last. The new online approach is being improved upon!
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