Many offices have recently taken part in community outreach activities benefitting local kids!
The Austin office packed gift bags of pencils and snacks for about 400 students of a nearby elementary school for their STARR Testing (state exams). Mario’s sister teaches at this underprivileged school. She had asked if the team could help because they didn’t have enough money for all of the students to have a pencil for the testing. Mario Castillo, Cristina Cordoba, and Theresa Hagood delivered the bags to the school, and Mario and Cristina spoke to the kids for about 25 minutes about what it’s like to be an engineer.
In Toledo, Whitmer High School Career and Technology Center has courses through a program called “Project Lead The Way” geared to help prepare students in pursuing engineering and technical careers. As part of a senior design project called “Storm Water Purifier,” the kids designed a device to save Lake Erie from microplastics, and the kids were required to have a written review by from a technical person(s). Jim Adams was one of those two technical professionals who provided technical reviews on their project from the problem statement through their design process and presentation. Due to the expert reviews, the kids won the Ohio SkillsUSA state championship!
In Phoenix, Alan Proctor and Matt Behling took part in The Southern Gila County Water Festival. The festival is a community-sponsored event organized by the University of Arizona with the goal of teaching approximately 300 fourth graders about water resources and responsible water conservation. The festival included four modules: Water Cycle, Ground Water, Watershed Management, and Water Conservation. The students rotated through the modules, receiving a 30-minute hands-on seminar on each topic.