Orange County Branch Newsletter

January 2019

ASCE OC K-12 Outreach Committee

Marian-Bergeson Elementary School Workshop

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

On November 29th, ASCE OC visited Marian-Bergeson Elementary School and hosted a workshop for a kindergarten classroom.  Following a brief presentation that outlined the work that Civil Engineers do, they did two hands on STEM activities with the children.  They were able to bring out 4 volunteers for this event, Victor Aguirre, Memo Medina, Jared Lindo, and Andrea Echeverria.  The goal was to bring as many volunteers as they could so that each student could receive some focused attention if they asked for guidance through the activities, or to answer any of their questions. 

Their first activity was Spaghetti and Marshmallow Structures, each student was given a bag of spaghetti and marshmallows and were tasked to build a structure of their choosing.  They all had a chance to create their own structure from their imagination, but they soon realized that building a structure individually was quite challenging, so after discussing the challenges and achievements they transitioned to the second activity.  For the second activity they did Straw Towers, where the goal was the build the biggest, tallest structure.  This time they worked as a team in groups of 8 and they had a professional at each table to complete our group of 32 students.  The event concluded with prizes for the group with the tallest tower and then discussed what they learned and what parts they enjoyed the most. 

For being such a young group, they really surprised the volunteers with their wholesome answers.  One student’s response was that “no matter how your tower ended up you should always be proud of your work” another response was “triangles are strong shapes for building”. Overall, a very fun event with these kindergarteners.

If you or any one you know is interested in becoming involved with K-12 events, please contact our K-12 Chairs at [email protected].




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