On Wednesday, February 17tth four engineers from Pilkington/NSG Group spoke with STEM Magnet students at Carver Middle School. Archie Adams, Chris Markotich, Quintin Hunt, and Autumn Sevich each from a different discipline of engineering, spoke about their education and career experiences.
They shared personal experiences and explained how they chose which university to attend. Sevich encouraged students to take advantage of job shadowing and internship opportunities while in grade school to help select a major. Adams challenged students to take harder classes to be better prepared for college courses. They explained how critical math is to engineering, showing several examples of their work on a daily basis. Adams created math problems using real data for the students to solve in class as an extension of real world scenarios.
In addition to the technical skills required of engineers, the group also spoke about the soft skills necessary. They emphasized the importance of team work and how much they collaborate with others to problem solve. Effective communication skills while demonstrating leadership and management skills were other key points discussed. The engineers encouraged the students to maintain a desire to keep learning, explaining engineering involves constant testing and development.
Students enjoyed a laser beam demonstration which illustrated the importance of safety in the workplace. Two student teams were challenged to build the tallest tower given various materials. As the student teams struggled with all the materials to construct a tall tower to stand on its own, Adams built a structure off to the side only using paper. He showed the students the importance of identifying the criteria and constraints with any given problem.
The presentation was in celebration of both CTE Month and Engineers Week to encourage students to explore the engineering career field and the opportunities that exist in Scotland County.