Future scientists, designers and engineers visit LTU's Southfield campus

Release Date: June 2, 2018

SOUTHFIELD – LTU’s Marburger STEM Center welcomed more than 15 East Middle School students and their parents from the Farmington Public Schools to campus on a recent visit. The students were given a tour of campus and participated in a hands-on interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workshop.

The tour, led by Meaghan Markiewicz, STEM ProgramFarmington Middle School VIsit 2Associate, begin in the College of Management, where each student had the opportunity to introduce themselves and briefly state their favorite school subject. Science and math were the most common answers for the group. The tour continued through The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), where students were able to see the newly renovated transportation design wing. The car models on display were a hit with this group. They also enjoyed learning how design students work in their studios, which were filled with sketches, models, building tools and student projects. The next stop on the tour was the College of Engineering (COE), where the students peered into the many labs and rooms the space offers. Seeing all the different types of engineering was intriguing to the group as they walked by vehicles for various competitions designed by LTU students. The last stop on the tour was the A. Alfred Taubman Complex, home of the Marburger STEM Center.

While visiting the center, the group had a brief discussion about the campus life, the changing culture on campus and the many opportunities the university offers. Next up, the students headed into a fun, interactive design challenge.

Farmington Middle School VIsit 3The workshop, called Cards to the Sky, was led by Sibrina Collins, executive director of the Marburger STEM Center. The students worked in teams for a make-believe engineering firm called Great Lakes Engineering, Inc., which had a contract with the Things of Yesterday Society (TOYS) to design and build the community’s first portable elevated viewing platform to give the TOYS a great view of Lake Michigan. The stability of the final structure was tested with little green army men (LGAM) required to withstand the wind applied to the structure via a fan.

It was a hard decision to pick a winner because all the teams had successfully accomplished the challenge. However, three teams took home prizes – virtual reality goggles – for their creativity and teamwork. 

This student tour was hosted by LTU’s Marburger STEM Center, which provides a series of fun, hands-on activities for a range of topics within chemistry, biology, business, design, engineering and mathematics. For more information on LTU’s Marburger STEM Center activities, visit www.ltu.edu/stem-center.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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