EA2 Hangout with Hands-on Mechanics

One of the sessions kicking off the EA2 Hangout for Hands-on Mechanics during Week 2 of Winter Quarter, 2020.

Welcome to the official website for the EA2 Hangout with Hands-on Mechanics, the place for information and updates as the quarter progresses.





Sign-up Form


Attendance of these meetings is not required to participate in the design competitions, and you can come to the meetings just to hangout and eat pizza.  One way or another, please complete this sign-up form so we know who you are and how to contact you:



About the EA2 Hangout


We are running this new, totally optional activity in the Winter Quarter of the 2019-2020 academic year to support and enhance the freshmen engineering course Engineering Analysis 2 through informal discussions and hands-on activities. Students enrolled in the course can attend the EA2 Hangout to work individually or in teams to design, build, and test prototypes in two different design competitions. The idea is to eat pizza, make friends, share EA2 tips, and even win some prizes, with a total of $600 in prizes up for grabs!

We will have two different design competitions, each of which integrates with concurrent course content:

  1. A simple earth manipulator to be tested in the Soil-Machine Interaction Laboratory
  2. A 3D-printed truss to be tested to failure in the Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate labs

We are meeting at two different times each week throughout the quarter:

  • Tuesday, 5:00-6:00pm, Tech M345
  • Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm, Tech M345

Complete the sign-up form above to enroll in a session.


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If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to Professor Hambleton (jphambleton@northwestern.edu) or either of the undergraduate teaching assistants helping with this activity, Hunter Moural (HunterMoural2021@u.northwestern.edu) or Victor Limontitla (victorlimontitla2021@u.northwestern.edu).




Financial support for this activity was provided by an Alumnae Curriculum Award administered through the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University.  It forms one of three core educational activities of J.P. Hambleton’s National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award,  NSF Grant No. 1846817.  The support of both institutions is gratefully acknowledged.