Dewberry Hosts Exploring Program Students
FAIRFAX, VA The New York City, New York, office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, recently participated in the Learning for Life's New York City Exploring Program. The program's mission is to provide a positive and meaningful real-world career experience and leadership development opportunity for teenagers and young adults.
Fifteen Dewberry employees organized three sessions addressing a range of engineering practices to introduce a group of 25 high school students to a variety of engineering career paths. The presenters shared Dewberry projects that were constructed in the metropolitan area, allowing for the students to relate to the projects and participate in the discussion.
Each session focused on an engineering discipline with a presentation, related activity, and an informative discussion regarding college and future steps to becoming an engineer. The first session was dedicated to civil and structural engineering. The students built a bridge out of popsicle sticks and used the same analysis and design process a Dewberry structural engineer would use when designing a bridge. The second session was led by mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers, with the students building an electric motor that could power itself using a paperclip, copper wire, magnet, and a battery. The third session was devoted to water resources engineering, and students worked in groups to create a water filter to better understand the process of water treatment.