Engineers in the ClassroomFeb 11 2014 · 0 comments · Community Involvement, NISHKIAN MONKS ·0
Nishkian Monks recently had the awesome opportunity to visit the classroom of Ms. Jenny Cade at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana. During the classroom discussions, Nishkian engineers talked to the students about the work structural engineers do on a daily basis. Matt Miller, Tyler Hessler, and Ben Young explained the challenges of structural engineering, including requirements for lateral and gravity design, continuous load path concept, and accommodating architectural features.
The engineers let the students looked at the blueprints for their elementary school, explaining that the blueprints are the “instructions” for the builders, after which students participated on a hands-on activity. Students created their own “plans” for the gingerbread houses, acting as architect, structural engineer, and builder. Nishkian engineers then spent time helping the students build gingerbread houses, stressing the importance of efficiency in design, such as using the least amount of “building materials” as possible. After the houses were built, the class completed a shake table test to test for seismic soundness, and a table fan test to test for wind damage resistance. Nearly all of the houses withstood both lateral tests with minimal damage.
“It was a lot of fun to interact with the students—and we all left with a greater appreciation for the work that the teachers perform every day,” says staff engineer, Tyler Hessler.
In celebration of National Engineers Week, February 16-22, Nishkian Monks engineers will once again partner with Bozeman School District 7. Ty Monks will lead the next classroom visit at Sacajawea Middle School in Bozeman on February 21 to speak with 8th Graders about careers in engineering and inspire them to get involved in the engineering field. There will be a hands-on activity allowing teams of SMS 8th Graders to participate as a member of an engineering design team to complete an engineering project within a specified budget and schedule. Students will also be invited to take a future tour of the Nishkian Monks office in Bozeman to provide first-hand experience with exciting projects our engineers work on every day. National Engineers Week is promoted each year by DiscoverE (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation) to celebrate the positive contributions engineers make to society, and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to children and adults alike.