SEFW is forging relationships with schools and organizations that bring structural engineering into the community. We fund and facilitate construction site field trips for students, popsicle stick bridge building competitions, mentoring opportunities, and more.
For the past several years, SEFW has made great effort to partner with STEM high schools in Washington. Initiatives have included a popsicle stick bridge building competition, a balsa wood bridge building competition, and FIRST Robotics team mentoring. In each event, SEFW volunteers have helped familiarize students with structural engineering concepts. SEFW is continually seeking relationships with new STEM programs in the area, and educators are encouraged to contact us with opportunities for funding, mentoring, and other assistance.
Check out this incredible Vimeo video made by the Mead School District that highlights the SEFW-funded popsicle stick bridge competition in 2016.
SEAW Outreach Committee
SEFW is proud to support the newly formed SEAW Outreach Committee, which is tasked with promoting structural engineering among local K-12 students. SEFW and SEAW representatives have attended multiple STEM Expo and Career Fair events over the last several years, exposing thousands of students to structural engineering. Currently, we have a partnership with Washington Alliance for Better Schools, which helps arrange our participation in the STEM fairs. The Outreach Committee has plans for additional speaking engagements, volunteering, and mentoring opportunities.
In 2014, SEFW partnered with Washington STEM to better educate local students about structural engineering. Through this partnership we funded and staffed several field trips to sites around the city, including the Seattle Center. Students learned about the structural engineering secrets for the KeyArena, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and more.