Engineering 101 - Grades 9 to 11
Enter the Exciting World of Engineering

Did you know that engineers are involved in almost everything we use in daily life? From phones to skyscrapers to sending people to space, engineers are there to help design and build these products.

In Engineering 101, students will get the unique opportunity to experience a wide breadth of engineering disciplines with the help of various professors and faculty members from McMaster Engineering. Students will learn what it takes to be an engineer and how engineers tackle the many problems that people face every day through the application of physical and mathematical theories and laws. This program will challenge students with design challenges, building electronic circuits, performing chemical and biological experiments, writing their own computer code, and much more. Engineering 101 is an opportunity for students to be immersed in the vast variety of engineering disciplines.

McMaster's Faculty of Engineering

New Curriculum:

Water Conservation: Electronic Soil and Moisture Sensor (Electrical)
Water is a valuable resource, and water shortages are a serious problem in many parts of the world. The problem can be made worse by people who waste water; for example, by watering a garden or using sprinklers on their lawn (or a farmer taking care of an entire field) when it has rained recently or the soil is already moist. How can you help conserve water and prevent such waste? One way is to build an electronic soil moisture sensor. This project will show you how to build a circuit that indicates whether soil is wet or dry, but the circuit itself is unprotected. It will be up to you to engineer a solution, like a waterproof carrying case that turns the basic circuit into a useful, portable soil moisture sensor.

Power Laces! The Auto Lacing Shoe (Mechatronics)
Using the power of an Arduino, you will be given the task to build an auto lacing shoe. Using motors and various sensors come up with a design that will accommodate your shoe and keep it nice and snug.

Hydraulic Arm (Mechanical)
Hydraulics focuses on the mechanical properties of liquids and fluids. With this in mind, students will design and build a hydraulic arm based off of the principles of fluid mechanics. They will learn the basics of fluids in motion and Bernoulli’s Equation, an equation used to compare fluid movement in changing bodies (V1A1=V2A2). Using the various materials provided, students will create different mechanical pieces to create their personalized mechanical arm. The arm is required to have 4 different types of movement, and will be controlled by hydraulics.

Fractography The Way it Breaks (Materials)
When something goes wrong, do you like to try to figure out why? Engineers do this all the time. They even have a fancy name for it: failure analysis. Understanding how different materials break is an important part of failure analysis. Here's a project with one approach to studying the way things break.
Angry Nerds ( Civil and Mechanical )
 Have you played the game angry birds on your phone or tablet? Angry nerds brings this app to life! This project incorporates both civil and mechanical engineering concepts and puts your knowledge to the test. Design and build a structure to protect your “pigs” from other teams attacks. You must also design and build a catapult to take down other teams’ structures. May the best team win!

Sheep Heart Dissection (Bioengineering)
The human body is one of the most fascinating and complex organisms in the universe. I’m sure many of you have learned about the main systems of the human body such as the nervous system and cardiovascular system; how cool would it be to put the books aside and actually carry out some hands-on dissections? Dissect a sheep heart and learn about all the various atriums and valves!

And Much More!!