ACEC’s Maryland STEM Festival Event Offers Students a Chance to Explore Engineering Careers

November 10, 2016 — Yesterday, the American Council of Engineering Companies / Maryland (ACEC/MD) hosted a Maryland STEM Festival event to offer students the opportunity to explore different engineering careers via a series of stations and hands-on workshops.

Professionals representing engineering firms from all over Maryland demonstrated the exciting, varied and rewarding world of consulting engineering and the contributions they make toward everyday life. Stations included:

  • Hydrology
  • Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management
  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Roadway Planning and Design
  • Bridge Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • CCTV Engineering
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems

Homeschooled students joined classes from Edmonston Westside High School, Sykesville Middle School, and Woodlawn High School. Groups of five to 10 rotated through stations representing each discipline, many of which included hands-on exercises. Presenters answered questions that ranged from highly technical inquiries to the coursework and curriculum necessary to pursue an engineering career. Students enjoyed seeing underground hydrology in action, watching bridges collapse, building structure foundations, planning a roadway, storytelling through geographic information, surveying the atrium of the beautiful Engineer’s Club of Baltimore, and much more.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs are growing at a fast past, yet U.S. colleges and universities are not producing enough graduates in the required fields. The decision to pursue a STEM-related career is often made during the critical middle and high school years, when students begin to focus on more challenging math and science coursework.

Many thanks to the engineering firms and their staff that joined together to organize and execute this rewarding event. They include:

  • Alpha Corporation
  • A. Morton Thomas Engineering
  • Development Facilitiators
  • Froehling and Robertson
  • Gannett Fleming
  • HBA Engineering
  • Jacobs
  • Johnson Mirmiran and Thompson
  • KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Rummel Klepper and Kahl
  • Specialized Engineering
  • Wallace Montgomery

Photos from the Maryland STEM Festival

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