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K-12 OUTREACH

The K-12 Outreach Committee visit local K-12 schools to present civil engineering/STEM concepts to students, and mentor teachers on how Civil Engineering concepts can be taught in the classroom. Their goal is to develop, implement, and support quality programs and resources, based on research, to increase awareness, understanding and interest in civil engineering among students in grades pre-K through 12.

ANNUAL EVENTS

 

ART CONTEST

2020 had many unforeseen challenges for everyone, especially for children. With children participating in distant learning for the first time and most of the normal avenues for learning having changed ASCE was still seeking ways to give back, one creative way discovered to engage and give back to the community was by holding ASCE OC YMF’s first Engineering Art Contest. The art contest was open to all children from 4 to 18 years of age.

CLASSROOM VISITATIONS 

Every year, the K-12 Outreach Committee visit a minimum of six schools throughout Orange County to educate students about Civil Engineering. Members are commonly asked to speak to a class or a Career Day event about "A Day in the Life" of an engineer. 

DREAM BIG

In collaboration with the ASCE CSULB Student Chapter, OC YMF K-12 Volunteers participate in their Annual ASCE CSULB Dream Big: A Civil Engineering Outreach Event. Members assist in the workshops and participate in the professional panel to inspire local K-12 students to pursue a career in STEM! Check out their website here.

POPSICLE STICK BRIDGE COMPETITION

Biannually, the Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition is hosted between ASCE Orange County YMF and ASCE Los Angeles YMF.

The event brings local high school students to participate in a full-day competition. Participating teams prepare technical reports, display boards, presentations, and their Popsicle stick bridge builds! The rules and specifications for bridge design change each year so it is critical that the teams read the rules carefully to meet the judging criteria. Volunteers serve as judges testing the bridges; scoring technical papers, display boards, and presentations; hosting an impromptu competition; and giving tours. See more information on this year's PSBC here.