Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Activities & Projects

Activities:

Technical Activity #1: Air Pollutants Measurements, led by Dr. David Ramirez

A portable photo ionization detector (PID) will be used to measure the amount of hydrocarbons present in selected locations in the TAMUK campus including laboratories, parking lot and close to smokers.

Technical Activity #2: Discover the Product Recycle Value, led by Dr. (Hua) Li

Students will explore the recycle value of a digital video recorder, i.e., Tivo, by disassembling, recording the disassembly time, measuring the mass of each component, and identifying the material of each component. Then, students will determine the recycle value of Tivo based
on collected data, with a Tivo redesign to increase its recycle value.

Technical Activity #3: The Venturi Effect , led by Dr. (Jim) Glusing

The concept will be explained during the introduction. The teams will investigate the phenomena by taking measurements around the College of Engineering building. The teams will then use their findings to model a cityspace and will experiment with the placement model 'buildings', in wind
created by a fan, and gauge the results.

Technical Activity #4: Hydrostatic Measurements, led by Dr. Sai

Students will determine the density of a liquid by Eureka can method as well as the specific gravity and viscosity of three liquids. Laboratory measurement techniques, data analysis and calculations will be emphasized.

Projects:

Engineering Project #1: Groundwater Quality , led by Dr. Lee Clapp  

The City of Kingsville, Texas, primarily uses groundwater for its potable water supply. Students will learn important water quality parameters like alkalinity, salinity, concentrations of metals, e.g., arsenic, and naturally-occurring radionuclides, e.g., uranium, and conduct research on groundwater quality including lab measurements and drinking water standard analysis.

Engineering Project #2: Computer Technology, led by Dr. Muhittin Yilmaz

Participants will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of computer technologies such as the Input/Output, memory and central processing units and the Bluetooth technology. Participants will build a working computer.

Engineering Project #3:  Robotics, led by Dr. Ozcelik and Dr. Yilmazer

Students will study characteristics of the robots, and learn V+ language for programming. Students will develop programming algorithms for the robot to draw certain shapes and perform specified tasks.

Engineering Project #4: Bridge Building, led by Dr. Aguiniga

The basics of designing structures will be taught. Students will work in teams to design and construct their own bridges. Their bridges will be made with a truss system using balsa wood and glue.


This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014