Education Outreach: 2015-2016 Recap


The Education & Outreach Committee would like to thank every volunteer, mentor and speaker who helped make this past year so amazing! From career days to career fairs, here is a recap of all the Education Outreach events coordinated through the ASCE Dallas Branch for the 2015-2016 year:


 Woodrow Wilson High School CE Club

 After leading one of the few Civil Engineering Club pilot programs for ASCE National in early 2013, the ASCE Dallas Branch has grown the club at Woodrow Wilson High School in east Dallas into one of the most successful CE Clubs in the nation.  The goal of the club is to get high school students interested and hooked on civil engineering through interactions with practicing engineers. Over the course of the school year, professionals from all branches of civil engineering served as “substitute teachers” for a day while presenting to all four upper level civil engineering classes.  This year over fifteen civil engineering professionals took time out of their busy work days to come present.

Presentations included:

  •          College Life with CE Students from the University of Texas at Arlington
  •          Architecture with Corgan
  •          Structural Engineering with HILTI
  •          Core Volunteer and a Build Day with Habitat for Humanity
  •          Railroad Track Engineering with GiC
  •          Land Development with Foresite Group
  •          Structural Engineering with L.A. Fuess Partners
  •          Water Resources Engineering with Kimley-Horn
  •          Community-Driven Development with Engineers Without Borders
  •          Geotechnical Engineering with Terracon
  •          Traffic Engineering with BGE, Inc.
  •          Municipal Solid Waste with Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc.


 Girl Scout Cookie Box Creation Team

ASCE Dallas sponsored a team of 6th to 8th grade Girl Scouts for the annual Cookie Box Creations Competitions hosted by the Girl Scouts of North East Texas. Teams from McKinney to Paris Texas designed and built scenes of various Outdoor Activities using 1000 cookie boxes, tape, and other minor support systems. Then each team assembled their creations in the Galleria Mall on March 13, 2016, where it was on display for 2 weeks.

During the design portion of the competition in November and December 2015, the ASCE Dallas team met every other week at the BGE, Inc. offices in Frisco where the girls could utilize design software and see where Civil Engineers work. Assigned with the activity “Surfing,” their design included a wind surfing Girl Scout riding atop a 2-ft wave using her 4-ft sail to steer towards a nearby island.

Next, the girls and mentors had to bring the design to life! Meeting every other week at a mentor’s home, the team worked on each piece of the creation focusing on scaling elements to fit within allowable dimensions, building strong internal support structures, and fashioning the box materials together.

After months of teamwork, the creation was assembled at the Galleria Mall where the judges award the team 2nd place! Congrats Team ASCE Dallas! Thanks to all the mentors who participated on the team: Angela Pflanz, Julie Jones, Ashley Chronister, Rosaura Estrada, Jose Puente and Jennifer Roath.


 Girl Scout Trail Restoration Project

Teaming up with the Younger Member Committee, Education Outreach coordinated a Trail Restoration Project as the January 2016 “Volunteer and Have a Beer” event. Ten volunteers met at the Downtown Plano DART station to carpool up to Camp Rocky Point in Denison, TX. There, they split into groups clearing brush and debris from the hiking trails before camping season ramped up. After a hard days labor, the cars headed back to Downtown Plano where they enjoyed some Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ and a icy cold beer. 


 E-Week @ The Perot Museum

Once again, ASCE-Dallas set up a booth at the Perot Museum for E-Week. Over 30 civil engineers from ten different companies volunteered during their lunch breaks at our “Penny Bridge” activity. Students visiting the museum had the opportunity to interact with our engineers and take a stab at designing their own bridge!


 Engineering EXPO @ Coppell High School

Each year hundreds of North Texans attend the free “Engineering Expo” event hosted by Coppell High School. There, high school and middle school students take advantage of the opportunity to meet engineering university representatives, talk with practicing engineers from major corporations, and hear outstanding speakers. ASCE Dallas set up a booth at the event to answer the question “What is Civil Engineering?”


 STEM Summer Camp

The Project Camp is a series of summer camps focused on project based learning for 1st-5th graders. Each group is presented with a challenge and tasked to design a solution. ASCE Dallas volunteers attended their classes throughout the summer. The civil engineers answered questions about their jobs before providing “expert consultations” on the student’s design projects. This year, ASCE members provided feedback on their paper bridge designs!


 Interested in being a part of the 2016-2017 activities? Email Jennifer Roath at [email protected] to see how you can volunteer!