Engineering Mother Daughter Workshops Five Neda Fabris

SESSION V: POWER AND ELECTRICITY
or what electrical and many mechanical engineers do for living

SATURDAY, FEB 12 1999 9:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY BUILDING ROOM C255E

9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

  LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS

INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

I. HISTORY
meet Edison, Tesla, Graham Bell and others

II. ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS
learn the differences in structure between conductors, insulators, and semi-conductors.
Find out how your TV screen works and what it has in common with fire bugs. See and touch integrated circuits and have a rare peek at the schematic of the chip.

III. BASIC ELECTRICAL LAWS
learn how the voltage, resistance and current are related and how the electrical power is defined. Learn about units used to measure each of these quantities (i.e. what are Volts, Ampeers, Ohms, Watts, and other.

IV. POWER GENERATION
learn about different ways the power is generated: from water and gas turbines, to windmills and solar cells.

V. TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY
learn about different power sources used in transportation: gasoline, natural gas, electrical energy, solar energy. Enjoy the uplifting video: FLIGHT OF THE SOLAR EAGLE. (CSULA winning car). The tour of the solar car building facility will be conducted.

11:30 p.m.-12: a.m. LUNCH: on your own.
12:00-1:00 p.m CONTEST: You will be divided into several groups. Each group will assemble one solar car from the kit (provided). The cars will compete against each other and the winning car will bring a prize to the team that built it.

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