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A DiscoverE Program

Engineering Fair 2018
October 13, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SAP America 3999 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073

Photos from the October 13, 2018 Engineering Fair!

Teachers, mentors, and students had a morning filled with activities, learning, and a moving parts workshop hosted at SAP America Inc. Past Future City Philadelphia winners were present with their model cities. universities, engineering firms and societies from throughout the Philadelphia region put on demonstrations showcasing the latest advancements in engineering and city planning.

Speakers at the 2018 Philadelphia Future City Engineering Fair

Designing Resilient Power Grids
Taso Malapetsas, PMP
Project Planning for Resilient Cities
Mark Schwartz, PMP

Moving Parts Workshop

Students at the Future City Engineering Fair had an opportunity to work on a moving part project. Teams of two students worked on one of six projects. The projects are listed below with hyper links to the instructions for building the projects. The examples of the built versions of each of the projects were available for the students to view and test. We will be adding videos of each project soon.

Some of the instructions refer to a wiring harness. These were made up in advance so that the students would be able to assemble their moving parts without the need for soldering (no electric was available, nor did we expect that enough students would have that skill). Students will have to make their own wiring harnesses. For the workshop, Quick Splice connectors were used however if the students can solder, that would work as well. Note that some specialized tools are required to for the quick splice connectors. The 4.8 mm size worked will with the various switches.

Electrical outlets were not available to use hot glue guns and there was insufficient time available for regular glue to set. Thus various types of tape were used to hold things in together and in place. Double sided tape proved to be very useful. It was workable for an extended time and seems to hold fast where there was sufficient surface area in the bond such as with the maglev.

Instructions and parts list for all of the projects are listed below

Aerial Tram
Inter-City Rocket
Tower Plane
Windmill Powered LEDs

The list below contains most of the uncommon parts used in some of the projects and the source where they were purchased for the Philadelphia Future City Engineering Fair. The Philadelphia Future City Competition does not endorse any vendor, this is just an informational list. Searching for the Description should bring you to the part listing Note that some of the parts are only sold in quantity although only one might be required for any particular moving part.

Projects Description Source
Ariel Tram EUDAX 2mm Hole Plastic Belt Pulley Gears Combination Modulus Amazon.com
Ariel Tram DPDT Switch Amazon.com
Ariel Tram, Tower Plane AutoEC 4pcs DC Gear Motor for Smart Car Robot Amazon.com
Ariel Tram, Tower Plane LampvPath (Pack of 12) Single AAA Battery Holder 1 x 1.5V AAA Amazon.com
Hyperloop Bare Copper Wire, Bright, 18 AWG, 0.04" Diameter, 195' Length Amazon.com
Hyperloop 1/2x1/8 Inch Strong Neodymium Rare Earth Disc Magnets N438 (30 Pack) TotalElement.com
Hyperloop Brass Washers 1/2 Inch Home Depot
Hyperloop Wooden Dowel 1/2 Inch Home Depot
Maglev 150 Pcs Round Magnets with North Pole Marking -
Ceramic Thin Magnets - Craft Magnets Size is 22 mm (7/8)
Multiple Glarks Quick Splice Connectors Amazon.com
Multiple 200 PCS Grey Wire Connector P1 Type Easy Twist-On Amazon.com
Windmill Powered LED EUDAX DIY DC Power Micro Motor Wind Turbine Electricity Generator Blades Model Amazon.com
Windmill Powered LED DiCUNO 450pcs(5 Colorx 90 pcs) 5mm LED Amazon.com
Windmill Powered LED EUDAX 10 Pcs Micro DC Motor 2mm shaft propeller with 3 Vanes Amazon.com
Windmill Powered LED EUDAX 12 Pcs Micro DC Motor 2mm shaft propeller with 4 Vanes 80mm Fan Shape (alternate blade) Amazon.com
Windmill Powered LED EUDAX Mini Generator Motors 3V-12V DC Motor Electric Motor for DIY Toys Wind Turbine Generator Hand Cranked Power Generator model Amazon.com