Orange County Branch Newsletter
March / April 2017
K-12 Outreach Committee
K-12 Outreach - Engineering Day at Whittier Museum
By: Arthur Retana
On December 3, 2016 a group of professional engineers and myself visited the Whittier Historic Museum to speak to a group of Boy Scouts. The purpose of the speech was to introduce these young men to the field of engineering and inform them what engineering has to offer. We began with a brief introduction as to who we are, where we went to school, where we work and in what industry.
We were then split into groups where the boy scouts had the opportunity to speak with us and ask us questions in order to earn their engineering merit badge. We told them what we do and the other possible industries within our particular profession. It was very rewarding to be able to share my experiences as an engineer and introduce these young people into the field of engineering. When I was younger becoming an engineer was not even a thought in the back of my mind because I had never heard of it. It is good to see them introduced at a young age. Seeing the enthusiasm in some of their eyes was also rewarding. Being able to assist them in their introduction to engineering was a great experience. I am very glad that the Boy Scouts of America have an engineering merit badge that opens youngsters’ eyes to the possibility of engineering as a profession and I am glad that they allowed me to participate in this event.