SENSOR Saturday Academy Floats the Eno River

May 4, 2017

There was some disappointment when the 3D printed boats designed to carry sensors into the Eno River didn’t float. But as any engineer will tell you, failure is just another teachable moment and an exercise in learning what doesn’t work.

That was only one of the many lessons learned by 20 8th and 9th graders from Durham Public Schools who took part in this year’s Student Engineers Network, Strengthening Opportunities in Research (SENSOR) Saturday Academy. Hosted for the third year running by Duke Engineering, the program teaches students about the engineering design process through learning about water quality measurement, with the ultimate goal of getting kids more interested in the STEM disciplines.