Engineering Challenge–Climate Change!

Another University of Maine 4-H Science Saturday is on the horizon!

On February 14th from 10am-1pm, Charles Rodda, Climate Scientist, will be at the Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center (home of the Climate Change Institute) on the UMaine campus in Orono, preparing to travel to the high Andes of Peru for his next research expedition. Charles will be taking ice cores from a glacier and gathering evidence of sudden changes in the atmosphere, so scientists can make more accurate predictions of our planet’s future climate.

Not only will Charles and his research team be climbing to 20,000 feet above sea level, but he will be in a race against time and temperature to keep the ice core frozen.

YOU, as an engineer, must help Charles and his team! You will be designing a container that will protect the ice core from changes in temperature. Based on your test results, you will make recommendations to Charles to help him figure out the climate in the past, that in turn, will help others predict Earth’s future!

This engineering challenge is open to children in grades 6-8 and costs $15. The registration deadline is February 6th.

Look for more science-related activities at the Maine Science Festival from March 20-22!