Canvassing for the nation’s future engineering talent starts through community outreach programs, and the district seized the opportunity to showcase a variety of Corps missions to approximately 160 engineering students at Jenkins High School in Savannah.
Corps volunteers participated as part of National Engineers Week, intended to promote technical education and the pursuit of engineering careers to create a diverse and robust engineering workforce. The district partners with the school’s engineering academy to foster interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, also called STEM.
Students scribbled notes while rotating through four stations. Small groups learned about environmental missions at Corps dam and lake projects, safe ammunitions disposal, environmental uses of wetlands, and dredging operations occurring in the Savannah Harbor and surrounding areas.
“It’s beneficial for the students because they hear first-hand accounts from engineers working in the industry,” said Tom Maty, Jenkins engineering teacher. “It also reinforces what they learn in the classroom.”
Regulatory Division members used a flood plain model to demonstrate how wetlands protect the environment. Civil engineer Stan Simpson educated students on dredging operations by discussing the recent renourishment project on Tybee Island beach.