Continuing its successful engineering mentoring program, KCPT is working with Black & Veatch and our new partner LRNG KC to bring engineers and engineering projects to 12 schools in Missouri and Kansas.
On September 22, teachers from each participating school attended a kick-off event at Black & Veatch headquarters to meet the engineers, tour the building, and learn about this year’s Junior Engineers in-school workshops. At the end of the evening, Mr. Nicholas “Nick” Dorn, LRNG Program Coordinator, shared with teachers how the KCPT and B&V initiative aims to utilize LRNG KC.
The program begins the year with 35 Black & Veatch engineers and four senior girls from St. Teresa’s Academy working together with KCPT and LRNG KC to make it a success. Engineers will mentor more than 920 fifth graders with three workshops per school, including hands-on projects exploring structural engineering, water purification and electricity.
Before engineers come into the classroom, teachers can prepare with the help of PBS LearningMedia, which provides access to thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.
During the classroom workshops, the visiting Black & Veatch mentors give an overview of each topic and guide the students in hands-on activities to reinforce the concepts for that session. Students work in teams of five and must collaborate on each project. The projects are timed and winners are chosen. In addition, students, teacher, and engineering mentor can work toward receiving a classroom digital credential.
The students’ knowledge of the engineering topics will be assessed both before and after the workshops to determine their prior knowledge and measure what they learned from the engineers.
To date, the engineering mentoring program has been in 21 schools and mentored 1,175 students. With this school year, that total will climb to 33 schools and 2,125 fifth graders.
KCPT Contact: Gary Brock, Director of Education – firstname.lastname@example.org