It’s not every day a student meets a professional that directly influences the dreams of what they may become one day. But, at the recent Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Night, KNA Structural Engineers in conjunction with Ruhnau Clarke Architects provided just that experience.
The STEAM program offers 5thgrade elementary school students the opportunity to interact with working professionals in various fields, through multiple, challenging exercises which demonstrate how their school skills are applied in real life jobs.
Both KNA Structural Engineers and Ruhnau Clarke Architects recognize how important it is to give back to the school districts they work with to encourage future generations and to foster excitement for careers in the STEAM areas.
“It’s not every day that kids are exposed to these careers and get to meet people in these jobs. You never know when something like this is going to have a huge and lasting impact on someone’s life. They could go home thinking, I want to be an architect, or want to be an engineer, when they didn’t even know that was a career possibility when they woke up that morning.”, commented Kevin Westervelt, S.E. of KNA, and Marta Gallenberger of Ruhnau Clarke Architects.
Time will tell, but we may see one of these kids designing a school or perhaps planning a whole community one day! Now that’s dreaming big!