Young minds put their engineering pedigrees to the test last week by learning first-hand about the importance of engineering and STEM education. Nineteen children of Traffic Planning & Design (TPD) parents went to work in Pottstown on April 28 as part of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
The TPD experience built a foundation of understanding through the teaching of basic bridge design and inspection, as well as transportation planning, safety and traffic volumes. A computer game demonstrated the importance of designing and building structurally sound bridges.
The TPD kids then rolled up their sleeves and assembled a variety of K’NEX bridges, designed cardboard tube runs that tested their patience and skills in trial and error, and competed in a foil boat contest in which the sturdiest boat held nearly 80 pennies before sinking.