Engineering Services Outreach to Youth

This year marks the 66th anniversary of Engineers Week since its founding by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951.Through a coalition of more than 70 engineering, educational and cultural societies, as well as more than 50 corporations and government agencies, EWeek aims to promote awareness of engineers’ contributions and the importance of technical education and careers.

As part of the recent Engineer’s Week, members of Engineering Services recently traveled to Stonewall Tell Elementary School in College Park, GA to introduce the concepts of engineering to a specialized class of 5th graders hand selected for having interest in the engineering fields. Anna James, Daniel Dean, James Baldwin, Carl Matthews, and Joshua Greene visited the school to give a brief presentation and overview of the various engineering disciplines and then introduced the students to a practical engineering problem. Utilizing foam insulation and roofing nails, the 32 students were separated into 4 teams and built load bearing beams. The stakes were high as a poorly engineered beam would result in a pair of broken eggs which were perched precariously right below it.All of the teams were able to successfully complete the challenge keeping the broken eggs to a minimum. One team performed exceptionally well and designed a beam that held 9 times the weight of the suggested maximum for the activity. The students, faculty, and staff of Stonewall Tell Elementary School were very thankful for the time of the engineering team and Engineering Services looks forward to furthering its community outreach and helping to inspire our next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.

All of the teams were able to successfully complete the challenge keeping the broken eggs to a minimum. One team performed exceptionally well and designed a beam that held 9 times the weight of the suggested maximum for the activity. The students, faculty, and staff of Stonewall Tell Elementary School were very thankful for the time of the engineering team and Engineering Services looks forward to furthering its community outreach and helping to inspire our next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.

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