Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District hosted 40 students from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Charleston District’s headquarters in honor of National Engineer Week with the hopes of inspiring students and igniting a passion to pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
By 2020, the U.S. expects more than 2.8 million STEM job openings, we will need to increase the number of college graduates by approximately one million more STEM professionals to meet this demand. Today, only six out of every 100 ninth graders will earn a STEM degree. One way to encourage a STEM degree is to showcase STEM careers, which is what the Charleston District did on Friday.
The students used the occasion to learn how the Corps’ engineers and biologists help the community by developing affordable and environmentally responsible solutions to challenging problems. They participated in a wetlands practical exercise, engaged in general engineering practices, learned about the different types of plant and animal species that live in the Lowcountry, and watched an informative presentation on structural engineering as well as learned how a GPS system and Google Earth are used daily in the engineering field. The students discovered the vital contributions engineers make to the economy, environment and their everyday life.
Engineer Week is a national event that highlights the contributions engineers make to society and emphasizes the importance of math, science, engineering and technical skills. The Charleston District partakes in the event every year as a way of engaging engineer hopefuls.