Saturday Feb. 10 was the 2018 Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridge competition in Spokane. Thank you to everyone participated! In total, 130 bridges were tested to failure, with the winning bridge holding 820 pounds! K-12 students around the district participated, with the greatest number of students -- 160! -- being elementary-school aged. It is exciting to see so many young people learning about structural engineering. SEFW was pleased to sponsor the event, receiving donations from nine Spokane-area firms. Several local SEAW YMG volunteers, from both from local firms and Gonzaga, as well as faculty and staff from the school district, helped make the event possible. It was another terrific year!
If you are associated with a school district in Washington state and are interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact SEFW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEFW is excited to announce the 2018 FilmWorks Initiative! Entries are being accepted from amateur videographers of all kinds, from students to industry professionals, young and old! This year's theme is "Structural Engineering in Motion." The deadline is Friday, March 30.
A young boy and his mother check out one of the origami pieces during the pre-function reception.
Robert Lang, mathematician and origami expert, gave a fascinating presentation on the science of origami.
Mark Morden of Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., origami enthusiast and founder of "PAPER," was the concluding speaker.
SEFW Board member Nancy Devine introduced all of the speakers.
A table of hands-on origami pieces was a hit during the networking reception.
SEFW Board Member Nancy Devine shares the stage with Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami.
2017 Fall Forum
The 2017 Fall Forum on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, was a great success! "Origami: Inspiration in Science, Design, and Structures" featured three internationally recognized experts and an engaging pre-function networking reception. Thank you to the 43 firms that sponsored this event and SEFW programs! Check back for a full event summary and video!
DreamBIG showing now
SEFW is excited to publicize "DreamBIG: Engineering for our World," a 45-minute movie produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The film is playing at science centers all over the country, including the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Reviews so far have been every positive, as the film fascinates adults but also inspires students to engineering careers. Seattle firms and structures (like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) are featured. Read about it onlineandget your tickets today! The movie should screen for several months.
Structural Engineering Volunteer Blitz
The SEAW Outreach Committee is recruiting volunteers for upcoming efforts! Short- and long-term volunteers are needed for mentoring opportunities, STEM career fair appearances, speaking engagements, and more. Are you a structural engineer and want to give back? Sign up today to be part of the SEAW Outreach volunteer database, and you will be contacted with opportunities to serve. Also, visit their new website for information. Thank you!