Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2019


ASCE CSULB Dream Big Event

By Victor Aguirre, ASCE OC K-12 Co-Chair

On Saturday, December 1st, ASCE OC YMF K-12 and ASCE OC Branch collaborated with ASCE CSULB to assist in their first annual Dream Big Event.  The event consisted of 200 plus middle school and high school students from Orange County and Los Angeles County.

Students were brought to the CSULB campus early in the morning where they received goodie bags with snacks and giveaways such as flash drives, pens, construction helmet stress balls, and sunglasses.  Snacks were provided by ASCE OC YMF, ASCE OC Branch and the CSULB ASCE student chapter.  The giveaways were provided by multiple civil engineering firms such as Huitt-Zollars, Inc., Mark Thomas, and LPA, Inc. 

Students were formed into groups where various students chapters from CSULB and other campuses such as UCI, CSUF, and CPP organized hands-on engineering presentations and activities.  Each workshop consisted of an engineering professional that explained, to the students, the science behind the activities and how similar concepts are applied to engineering design and construction. 

The workshops hosted for the students were the following: Lego Man, Water Filtration, Popsicle Stick Bridge, Paper Towers, Foil Boat, Design-Build Phineas and Ferb Activity, Traffic Game and Safe Landing. 

After the students finished their activities, a panel of engineers from various branches of civil engineering and different ranges of work experience, had the opportunity to provide insights, to the students, in regards to pursuing an engineering degree, work-life balance, projects, challenges encountered as an engineer and much more.  The panel speakers also made time to answer various questions from students that showed enthusiasm and curiosity for pursuing engineering as a profession.

After the panel speakers, students finished off the day by watching the screening of Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

We want to thank the ASCE CSULB student chapter, CSULB Department of Civil Engineering, MESA, participating student chapters and professionals for hosting, organizing and volunteering for an event that has the potential to positively impact the lives of hundreds of students throughout the region. We also want to thank the civil engineering firms that provided sponsorship for the event: HDR and Turner Construction.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming involved with K-12 events, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

Check out the event's photos [HERE]!

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