Virtual Engineering Lab Offered to High School Students Feb. 3


High school students in the archdiocese will have the opportunity to celebrate engineering during Catholic Schools Week with a virtual lab being offered by Engineering Tomorrow on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Students have the chance to learn about various engineering fields through virtual labs. Students will study engineering as a vocation to use a systematic method with science to solve big and small problems.

The program will begin with prayer and an introduction to engineering at 9 a.m. The remaining schedule will include introduction to electric vehicles, 9:30 a.m.; building an electric vehicle, 10 a.m.; engineering as a vocation, 11:15 a.m.; question and answer session with college engineering students, 12 noon; finish electric vehicle models, 12:30 p.m.; and wrap up, 1 p.m.

Students will learn the history, development, design and different ways of giving electrical energy to vehicles in the electric vehicles lab before using a solar cell to build an electric vehicle.

An expert panel of presenters and college mentors will give students “a unique perspective into how their faith has shaped their path in engineering.” The presenters and college mentors are all connected to Catholic education.

The three presenters—Joanna Caudle, Kelsey Farr and Olivia Jaenicke—are all professional engineers. Ms. Jaenicke, a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, previously was an Engineering Tomorrow intern, and she and Ms. Farr are graduates of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. Ms. Caudle holds bachelor’s degrees in physics from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., and mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Three college mentors—John Sexton, James Venditto and Maria Krug—are all engineering students at the University of Notre Dame. Venditto, a college senior studying electrical engineering, is a 2018 graduate of Moore Catholic High School on Staten Island.