What does an engineer do? High school students get firsthand experience

Take balsa wood, corrugated plastic, analytical young minds and a basic engineering problem and what do you get?

At Washington University, the result was ingenious solutions to the perennial problem of how to decrease the dependence on fossil fuels for energy and use renewables instead.

The recent exercise was part of Explore Engineering, a program now in its third year, offered by the school of engineering. Thirty 30 students from high schools throughout the St. Louis area come together to learn about what engineering has to offer, then set their minds to forging projects including a prosthetic hand, battling robots and a wind turbine that can generate electricity.

Read the entire story by Dale Singer in the St. Louis Beacon. (Photo credit: Dale Singer)