Tag: K-12 Outreach

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Commitment to Outreach in Kansas City Dreams Big

Imagine. It’s your senior year of high school. You’ve got a spot on the varsity basketball team. A winter awaits, full of buzzer-beaters and hardcourt heroics. But instead you give it up for … civil engineering? Tony Kulesa did just that, passing on basketball season during his senior year in favor of a job-shadowing opportunity at a civil engineering firm in nearby Aberdeen, South Dakota. Surprising as...

Three Years Later, Still Dreaming Big

It was three years ago this month that ASCE got into the movie business. “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” debuted on IMAX and other giant screens in museums and theaters around the world in February 2017. The film, presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE, showcases engineering in a colorful, dynamic and diverse way, forever changing how a generation of...

ASCE Plot Points Season 3 Episode 5: Representation

When it comes to inspiring the next generation of civil engineers, representation is so very important. Jose Castro, an assistant engineer in water resources for Michael Baker International in Irvine, California, tells his story of both how he was inspired to pursue civil engineering when he was a student and how he now inspires students through outreach work (1:52). In Extracurricular, we hear from Ashlyn Alexander,...

ASCE Plot Points Season 3 Episode 2: The Gift of Presence

Maybe you've recently been offered the chance to go work a career fair or talk to some students at a local school. And maybe you've thought, "Sure, it might be fun, but what would I even say? Why would those kids want to hear my story. I'm nobody special." But maybe you're totally wrong. Your presence for just one afternoon can have a huge effect...

What’s One Thing High School Students Should Know About Civil Engineering?

I have used most of the “Ask Anthony” articles in this column to answer questions from ASCE members about civil engineering careers. However, in this article, I’d like to turn the table and ask you a question. Recently, I’ve been getting questions from high school and some college students interested in civil engineering. They want to know what to expect in a civil engineering career....

ASCE Plot Points Season 2 Episode 3: Find Yourself

You have to know yourself before you can be yourself. For Clint Martin, that meant taking on the Appalachian Trail thru-hike for nearly six months in the woods before starting his first full-time civil engineering job. He talks about how the experience helped make him a better civil engineer (1:20). We hear an Origin Story from Vanessa Eslava, a civil engineer in San Diego who gives...

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Civil Engineers

According to DiscoverE, 81 percent of engineers today report that they decided to become an engineer before they entered college. Only 25 percent decided in elementary or middle school. Looking over the horizon, it’s critical to develop the next generation of civil engineers who will maintain and build our infrastructure. There are many ways to inspire students to consider civil engineering as a career path....

Project BUILD Connects Students, Engineers, and Libraries

Libraries aren’t likely the first venues you think of when you consider civil engineering outreach. But maybe they should be. Project BUILD proves that civil engineers and libraries can forge a powerful partnership. “This is the first time that we have partnered with the library system. It wasn’t something that I had considered before,” said Justine Rose, EIT, A.M.ASCE, an engineer for AECOM in Cleveland, secretary for...

ASCE Members ‘Invent Amazing’ During #EWeek2019

Engineers Week 2019 is here and ASCE members have geared up to take part. This year’s theme, Engineers: Invent Amazing, is on par with everything members have accomplished so far. ASCE Announces 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professionals ASCE celebrated its 2019 New Faces of Civil Engineering – Professional, a group of 10 talented young professionals who are taking the civil engineering industry...

ASCE Plot Points Season 1 Episode 12: Community Needs

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has been a staple of teacher training for decades, providing a guideline for working with young students. But what if you took the theory and applied it to what a community needs to reach its full potential? In a sense, that's what civil engineers do every day. On today's episode, we hear from Logan Johnson, the Neighborhood Development Project Management for NeighborWorks...