Grainger Engineering Weekend

Group photo at Grainger Engineering Weekend outreach

WEBPAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Chenfang, Ophelia and Paul at the BAM lab stand, Sep 13th, 2019

Our students made that size and breadth obvious on September 13th, too. They took over Grange Grove for the day ahead of the football game and turned it into “Grainger Grove.” Students hosted more than 20 EOH-style booths and demos, showing off much of what the college has to offer. We had thousands of visitors come through—including local K-12 students and teachers, Scout troops from throughout central Illinois, fans, donors, alumni, friends, and families. https://bit.ly/2owi8HV

Paper 2 Tree Outreach Event

Kim demonstrates ornithopter flight at outreach event

Professor Wissa and Graduate Student Kim Gustafson presenting the ornithopter.

On November 6st 2017, the BAM lab participated to the Paper 2 Tree kickoff outreach event at the Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, IL. Professor Wissa and graduate students presented the lab’s ornithopter.  Students were introduced to bio-inspired design and were able to design and built gliders.

To learn more about the Paper 2 Tree initiative: https://paper2tree.org/

Children building gliders at outreach event

Students designing and building gliders.

Next Generation School Outreach

On April 21st 2017, the BAM lab along with the Applied Dynamics Laboratory and the Kinematics Material research lab participated to at the Next Generation School Robotics Outreach event in Champaign, IL. Professor Wissa and graduate students presented the ornithopter and the crawling robot. Students were able to get hands on the two robots proving them with an introduction into the world of bio-inspired robotics.

Children learning about ornithopter flight at outreach event

Professor Wissa and Graduate Student Chenfang Duan flapping the ornithopter while a student holds the robotic bird about to take-off.

Girls Building Awesome Machines Outreach Event

The BAM Lab is proud to have hosted an outreach event as part of the Girls Building Awesome Machines (GBAM) camp.

Group photo at GBAM camp

Group photo of all the campers with Prof. Wissa and Graduate Student Boris Mandazhiev

GBAM camper learns about avian aerodynamics

Camper excitedly holding the ornithopter

GBAM campers building gliders

Students designing and building their own glider

Professor Wissa offers advice to campers building gliders

Prof. Wissa checking out the gliders and offering advice

GBAM campers design gliders

More students planning out their glider wing design

GBAM campers learning about aerodynamics

Students are starting to finish up

BAM campers putting finishing touches on their gliders

Putting some final touches on the gliders before flight testing

GBAM campers showing off their incredible glider designs!

Students showing off a completed glider

GBAM campers showing off their incredible glider designs!

Students showing off unique wing design

GBAM campers launch their gliders

Launching station where students had lots of fun seeing how far their glider would go