Encouraging the Next Generation of Engineers
August 11, 2014Location: Baltimore, Maryland
As part of our ongoing pledge to contribute to the communities
we serve, JMT invited a group of 30 students from North Carroll
Middle School in Hampstead, Maryland, to visit our Sparks office
and learn firsthand what it means to be an engineer.
The kids learned about various disciplines in engineering in an
activity that involved six education stations, each with a
different focus: structures, planning, water/wastewater, MEP,
civil/site, and architecture. They also watched a presentation on
Building Informational Modeling (BIM).
Later on, the students had the opportunity to build towers using
only two sheets of newspaper that could stand for at least 30
seconds. Most of the towers reached between 20 and 80 centimeters.
Then, each group was given the opportunity to rebuild using two
sheets of newspaper and an item of their choice: one foot of
transparent tape or six sheets of cardstock. The tallest tower
reached more than 100 centimeters after rebuilding using the
cardstock and stood for the 30 seconds.
JMT was delighted to give these budding engineers a look into
the business, and even more pleased to receive numerous "thank you"
notes from the group.
A letter from the school's counselor read: "Your employees were
passionate, organized, personable, and demonstrated commitment and
dedication to their professions and to JMT. The students walked
away with valuable insight and information related to the
engineering field and career path."
From the students, we read wonderful tidbits such as:
"You guys taught me so much on this trip and I think I want to
do aerospace engineering after all that you showed me."
"For me, a result of this trip was finding out that architecture
is a possible career field to look into. I am also very interested
in structural engineering. This trip was an important milestone in
my life and I will never forget it."
"I learned that planning is vital to engineering because it
shows how all the components work together."
"I learned a lot from the trip, from the many kinds of
engineering, to how they all need to work together and how changing
one thing can make a difference."
Thank you to the students of North Carroll Middle for visiting.
We hope to meet some of you again as young engineers!
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that is through volunteer work or teaching the next generation
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