Discover E 2014 at LAHS Feb. 20!

Discover E provides interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations. Courtesy photo

Students brace for the big bang. Courtesy photo


Discover E (Engineering) is an evening of interesting, interactive and fun engineering, science, math and technology demonstrations for K-12 students and their parents or guardians. The 12th annual Engineers Week activity is 4:30-7 p.m.,Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Los Alamos High School Commons Area.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Chapter of ASM International (a professional society for Metallurgical Engineers and Materials Scientists), the Northern New Mexico Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Los Alamos High School (LAHS, Ms. Boerigter) and is supported by a variety of groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This year’s Discover E event in Los Alamos will be a busy and fun filled evening for ~500 participants. There will be about 50 hands-on, interactive demonstrations provided by 70 adult and 50 student volunteers from ASM, ASME, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Nuclear Society – Trinity Section, Los Alamos High School AP Physics, UNM-Los Alamos, Supercomputing Challenge, Girl Scouts (Troops 123, 116, 2150, 10507 and 10026), Boy Scouts (Troop 22 and Post 20), Science Education Solutions, Kraz-E-Science, Big Sky Learning, various groups at Los Alamos National Laboratory and other volunteers.

 Activities this year include numerous investigations of basic engineering, science, technology and math principles including bridges, casting, chain reactions, chemistry, crystal structures, earthquake resistant buildings, electrical circuits, engines, fluids, forensic science, liquid nitrogen ice cream, optical illusions, radiation, robots, reverse engineering, sound waves, thermodynamics, vacuum cannon, materials properties and materials processing.

National Engineers Week, now called Discover E, was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers to bring to public attention the work and contributions of our nation’s engineers. It is usually celebrated near George Washington’s birthday, as the nation’s first president was a military engineer and land surveyor. Since 1951, U.S. presidents have sent special messages of appreciation to the engineering profession in recognition of the week. At its beginning, National Engineers Week included a few scattered government proclamations, dinners and speeches. It has since grown to involve tens of thousands of engineers in a variety of community outreach activities, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday of National Engineers week. For more information about engineers and Discover E, visit

For more information about the local Discover E event, contact Dr. Beverly Aikin,