Sunday, June 8, 2014

Career Day at Chester Charter School For the Arts

A great group of future engineers
I joined other professionals this week presenting to students at Career Day at The Chester Charter School for the Arts.

John Alston prepping the professionals before we saw the students
I took the 'E' out of STEM and converted 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders into engineers as they helped me sketch a blueprint floor plan of their classrooms which included lighting, power, heating and ventilation, plumbing, and building materials. We discussed various engineering disciplines and specifically focused on the impact of environmental engineering in keeping the air, water, and land clean.

We also chatted on the role mechanical and civil engineers will play in repairing the bridge on I-495 and the reasons why automotive engineers were fired at that car company for designing bad ignition switches.
Principal Akosua Watts checking her list --- and checking it twice. 
This may seem like a bit much for 7 to 10 year old students, but these kids ate it up, participated fully, and asked great questions. 

Hopefully, I helped encourage a few of them to consider engineering as a career. 

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