Access Engineering At Penn

Offering free and accessible college-level engineering labs to high-school students

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Academic Year!

It has been quite a while since the last official blog post on the Access Engineering website, but it is an exciting day indeed!

 

Today, August 31st, is the 3rd day of classes at UPenn, but more importantly, the SAC activities fair!  The SAC activities fair, for the uninitiated is essentially THE day when what seems like every single club on campus lines Locust Walk in order to persuade you to join their club while you meander confused as to why you accepted so many fliers and why you have a sudden passion for curling.

 

All the more exciting, we’ll be there too! And we’re looking for motivated undergraduate students seeking to volunteer their time and knowledge to a club with a worthy cause.  As student engineers, we come from a variety of backgrounds at Penn, study different majors, and have a ton of different interests outside of the club and our studies – athletics, the arts, music, gaming, etc. – but we all unite in our desire to serve the aspiring engineers of the Philadelphia area.

 

We teach engineering courses of all disciplines from bioengineering to computer science to mechanical engineering to admitted students from local Philadelphia high schools and give them access to Penn’s engineering resources (i.e. computer-aided design software, battery supplies, circuit boards, and microcontrollers in the state of the art Detkin Laboratory, and much more).  We hope to inspire and inform the next generation of engineers from the Philadelphia area by sharing what we’ve learned at Penn and allowing the students to see and interact with state of the art facilities – allowing them to gain a more accurate understanding of the different disciplines that construct an engineering education.

 

If you find yourself interested in working with some interesting and passionate engineers at Penn to inspire the next generation of Philadelphia engineers please consider applying for a teaching position with us at Access!

 

Stop by our table at the SAC fair today and/or contact us at the appropriate email address on this website.  We’re looking for people of all years, backgrounds, and majors, so please, don’t be shy!  We’re always looking to chat with some fellow Penngineers!

Lessons 6 & 7 – Advanced Solid Works and Electrical Engineering

Lesson 5

Lesson 4 – Introduction to Electrical Engineering

On Saturday October 31stth, Access Engineering held their fourth lesson of the semester. The sections this week spanned computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Students in the electrical engineering sections began to learn basics of Arduino programming and circuit design in Penn’s Linux computing labs. They constructed circuits using potentiometers and photoresistors as inputs to control different lights.

The computer science students continued to progress quickly through the curriculum and began to cover objects in their coursework.

The MEAM section continued to test and refine their catapults, and are preparing to make more advanced assemblies in the SolidWorks environment.