Engineering Ambassador - What to Expect

What to expect…

Apply To Become An Engineering Ambassador

Sally Wei
(402) 472-2670

What to expect from an Engineering Ambassador School Visit:

We will send 2 or more Engineering Ambassadors to your school. We cover grades K-12 and tailor the presentation to the grade level. Ambassadors can visit a class or do a larger format presentation with Q&A (and no hands-on activity) for larger audiences or assemblies. They generally present a 10-15 minute TED style talk on an engineering topic (please see list of possible presentations – grade levels are merely guidelines, we may be able to tailor a presentation to your needs).

Presentations are usually followed by a related hands-on activity. Ideally, class sizes of 20-40 students work best for hands-on activities, although we have accommodated as many as 100 (with help from the school). We ask that you provide a computer that is connected to a projector, and internet access. We will do the rest. Time allotment: generally a class period per presentation, but we are flexible. There is no charge for our visits.

Presentation Topics and Descriptions

Earthquakes and Structures

Students explore the various types of earthquake waves and learn about the physics behind earthquakes. They also discover how to design a building which can stand up to an earthquake using toothpicks and marshmallows.
  • Level: Late Elementary, Middle School or High School

Don’t Skip a Beat: Pacemakers engineered

Students learn about different types of heart beats as well as ways that pacemakers can stabilize the heart. They explore the physics behind pacemakers and discover the types of engineers that work with this technology.
  • Level: Middle or High School


Students are exposed to prosthetic limbs, the science behind their movement, and the materials which compose them. Students also learn about applications of prosthetics and the engineering that goes into using them.
  • Level: Middle School or High School

What Floats Your Boat? (buoyancy and boats)

Students are exposed to the physics and history of buoyancy, and how it relates to the flotation of boats. They learn about the evolution of boats over time, why boats float, and different types of boats which exist.
  • Level:  Elementary or Middle School


Students discover hydropower as an alternative source of energy, learning how energy is harnessed from water and how it can be used. Students think creatively about how to design an efficient hydropower system.
  • Level: High School

Rollercoaster Engineering

Students learn the ups and downs of roller coaster design and the physics behind roller coasters. They have an opportunity to put on their engineering caps and create their own roller coasters using household supplies.
  • Level: any age

Running Scarce: Clean Water Crisis

Students’ eyes are opened to the availability of clean water in the United States and in other areas of the world, specifically developing countries. Students learn about different methods to solve the clean water crisis and are challenged to think of new ideas.
  • Level: Late elementary, middle, or high school

Engineering the Human Body: Tissue Engineering

Students learn about the building blocks of life and how an understanding of biology can be used to engineer stem cells for use in the human body. They discover where stem cells come from and how engineered tissue can be used in medical applications.
  • Level: Middle or High School

3D Printing: An Evolution of Creating

This presentation introduces student to the process of 3D Printing. It also describes the innovative materials we can now 3D print out of and the amazing products we can make with 3D printing. Finally, it discusses how engineers are working to use this technology to help people!
  • Level: Any Age

An Ocean of Possibility: Electricity from Wave Energy

The presentation focuses on the use of wave energy as a renewable energy source and how engineers are working to make it a reality! Students will learn about wave energy’s dependability as an energy source, how it stacks up against other energy technologies, and finally, the current developments on its research.
  • Level: High School


In this presentation, students will learn all about aquaponics (the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics) and the engineering behind it. They will discover how this method of growing crops is very beneficial! Finally, they will learn about aquaponics’ future as an agricultural method and how it could be implemented for the benefit of the planet.
  • Level: Upper Elementary, Middle, or High School

X-Ray Imaging:

This presentation talks about the importance of medical imaging, especially X-rays! Students will find out about the many uses of X-rays – far more than what they may have encountered in a doctor’s office. They will also see how engineers are developing X-rays to help everyone in the future.
  • Level: Elementary School or Middle School

Propellers at Work in Transportation

In this presentation, students will be taught about propellers and how they are unique. First, students learn about how propellers work to “propel” something. Then, they are educated on how engineers have harnessed this technology in boats and helicopters!
  • Level: Upper elementary or Middle School

Engineering to the Stars: Rocket Propulsion

During this presentation, students will discover the impact rockets have had on our lives today. They will also learn about how a rocket works: how all of its components function together to its advantage and allow it to rise up into the sky. Finally, students can see how engineers are planning to use rockets in future!
  • Level: Middle or High School

Static Electricity:

In this presentation, students will learn all about the natural phenomenon static electricity. Though they’ve probably encountered it before, they will learn what static electricity actually is, and how engineers have used static electricity to help the world!
  • Level: Elementary School and Middle School


This fun presentation teaches students about how what they will find at every sink – soap – works to clean! They also will learn about how soap is made and how engineers work to make soap better!
  • Level: Early Elementary School

Get it Wright: An Intro to Flight

For this presentation, students will understand the four forces involved with flight and how engineers work to harness them, or limit them, in order to have planes fly! Students get the opportunity to engineer their own flying craft in the form of a paper airplane! We will talk about how the forces of flight act on their design and how to improve the force of thrust to improve their plane.
  • Level: Middle School and High School

The Future at Your Fingertips: Touch Screens

Students discover the science and engineering behind touchscreen technology and learn about the different types of touchscreens. They are challenged to think about how engineers contribute to the world of technology.
  • Level: Middle and High School