Science Academy collaboration with Texas A&M University exposes students to real-life application of statics

Science Academy Collaboration with Texas A&M University Exposes Students to Real-Life Application of Statics
Posted on 02/06/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Science Academy Collaboration with Texas A&M University Exposes Students to Real-Life Application of StaticsAs part of a larger collaboration with Texas A&M University, four representatives from the university's Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel, part of the university’s Engineering department, visited Science Academy Jan. 23 and 24 to provide students with exposure to real-life application of “statics,” the study of forces in the absence of change in motion.

The visiting team consisted of Edward B. White, Ph.D., director, and professor within the Department of Aerospace Engineering; Lisa Brown, facility manager and test engineer; and graduate students Roger Simon and Hugo Giordano.

According to Science Academy engineering instructor Gene McGee, the assumption that an object is static (unchanging motion or direction, all forces are in equilibrium) allows physicists and engineers to predict and calculate how forces act upon a body or object. An understanding of statics is prerequisite to engineering branches such as mechanical, civil, aerospace, and bioengineering. The concept of statics is introduced at Science Academy during Principals of Engineering (POE), which is taught at the junior level. Seniors who take Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and Aerospace Engineering (AE) also study it in relation to those particular subject areas. Senior students in Engineering Design & Development (EDD) consider statics when it comes to building prototypes of their project solutions.

As statics can be complex and difficult to understand, the group’s visit was focused on providing students with the “why” behind the importance of statics in engineering. To this end, the representatives provided students with a concrete connection between statics and real life, with an emphasis on their chosen field of aerospace engineering, as well as mechanical and civil engineering. The group presented to students on the concept, and provided time for question-and-answer. Presenters also took time to interact with students enrolled in the EDD course this school year, providing them with the opportunity to discuss their ideas and gain additional perspectives from outside experts in the engineering field.