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Dave Hillman, principal materials and process engineer and a metals expert at Rockwell Collins, discusses the design of a kitchen mixer with Belle Plaine Central Elementary fifth graders Feb. 5 as part of the Rockwell Road Show.

Two Rockwell Collins engineers brought the “Rockwell Road Show” to Belle Plaine’s Central Elementary Feb. 5 to show students that engineers have fun jobs, too.

Dave Hillman and Doug Pauls, both principal materials and process engineers with Rockwell Collins, talked about how they use science in their everyday work and demonstrated how materials are an important part of everyone’s life.

The interactive program is designed to get youngsters excited about careers in science, engineering and technology. The men said approximately 150,000 engineers are needed in this country every year, with U.S. colleges graduating only 70,000 engineers annually.

The presentation featured demonstrations ranging from chemical reactions to students blowing steam from mini marshmallows flash-frozen by liquid nitrogen.

Hillman and Pauls are among a number of Rockwell Collins volunteers who put on between 35 and 45 presentations a year for educational and civic organizations. They characterize their entertaining shows as “Recess for Engineers, or the Lunatics Have Escaped the Asylum.”


UPDATED February 10, 2010 12:54 PM

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