SKA visits two schools with Marshmallow Building project, judges MESA students Science Fair, ends week Regional Bridge Building Competition

SKA celebrated Engineering Week by continuing it’s tradition of heading to local schools to talk to students about engineering as a career. Structural Engineer Intern, Erica Barber, MEP Engineer Intern, Kenzie McCollum, and Structural Engineer, Susan Russell, talked to two classes at Dalton McMichael High School about the principles of engineering. Kenzie and Erica led the group through a fun project that challenged the group to build the tallest tower using only one marshmallow, 10 sticks of pasta, one yard of string and one yard of tape.

Building Envelope Engineer, Scott Singleton, headed out to Dudley High School on Feb. 21st. He spoke to four classes about the different ways that engineering can deter water infiltration into a building and how engineering repairs for the building exterior can save schools money and increase the life of the building. With the help of Marketing Manager, Carrie McClellan, he led the students through the marshmallow challenge and was impressed with the creative towers built by these engaged students.

SKA ended Engineering Week with the Regional competition of the Bridging the Triad event. Bridge building winners from each age category and location from the Feb. 9th event competed on Feb. 23rd at the Deep River Recreation Center. SKA was there to cheer on the competitors and looks forward to watching this event grow in the upcoming years.

SKA’s Kirk Stanford and Dan Anthony were invited to provide feedback to MESA students’ Science Fair entries at Albemarle County High School on March 22. These smart and innovative students (and future engineers) were eager to explain their ideas and experiments as they prepare for the regional finals later this Spring. The categories were Electrical & Mechanical, Material & Bioengineering, and Energy & Transportation engineering exhibits that included topics about solar panels helping to decrease the warming of oceans to the applications of slime mold in city planning. Though Engineering Week is just one week out of the year, SKA will continue to promote and support engineering with the youth in our communities all year long!

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Published on March 08, 2019
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