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Representing the YMF, Chris Gray presented about Civil Engineering to 75 middle schoolers at Arcola Intermediate School in Eagleville, PA, for their 6th annual STEAM day on March, 22, 2016. Students enjoyed Chris and the other panelists’ presentations, designed to promote the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and show how the Arts support STEM fields. Arcola is already busy planning next year’s STEAM day; if interested in participating, visit the Arcola STEAM day website, linked below.

YMF Board member Joe Natale visited Mastery Charter’s Shoemaker campus in West Philadelphia on Friday, March 18th for their annual career day for 7th to 11th grade students. Joe’s panel saw three sets of students, who were interested in learning about the required schooling for engineering and the benefits of becoming an engineer. The panel discussed general work ethics, and students seemed interested in a hands-on career designing things people actually use. More than 100 professionals from a wide array of fields showed up to the career day. Mastery is always in need of more engineers for career day; if interested in volunteering at similar events, contact the YMF K-12 Outreach Chairs at ASCEPhilaYMFK12@gmail.com to get on our volunteer list! 

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On February 26, 2016, as another event during National Engineers Week, the YMF K-12 Outreach Chairs also coordinated a visit to North Penn High School in Lansdale, PA. In the interdisciplinary spirit, the YMF recruited engineers outside the civil field in order to fulfill the school's wish that students be exposed to multiple types of engineering. William Michael, North Penn’s Technology and Engineering Education Department Chair, helped coordinate a Q&A session, before breaking the students into groups for hands-on civil, chemical, and manufacturing engineering activities. Students built aluminum foil boats, captured carbon using a double displacement precipitation reaction, and set up a lip gloss manufacturing plant. Volunteers were all impressed with the seriousness the students brought to their activities.

Thank you to AIChE-DLV and ECP’s Committee on Younger Members for sharing in the planning efforts and to volunteers Giselle Schlegel, Ted Heron, Colleen Guyre, Yasmina Shields, Assunta Maria, Caroline Voigtsberger, Takashi Izutsu, Cory Bogas, and Charlie Mumford for allowing 210 students to experience engineering! 

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On February 23-24, 2016, during National Engineers Week, the YMF K-12 Outreach Chairs coordinated a visits to Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, PA, for engineering panel discussions, presentations, and hands-on activities. To coordinate the visit, the school's College Career Counselor, Kathleen McNeill, worked with the YMF to present to students involved in their engineering Project Lead The Way (PLTW) classes. Students in 9th through 12th grades participated in panel discussions, hearing stories of engineers’ projects and looking at real engineers’ resumes. Volunteers shared their valuable career experience and advice with more than 150 students over the course of the two-day visit.

YMF Board members Charlie Mumford, Katrina Lawrence, and Kevin Brown, as well as Giselle Schlegel and Nicholas Silva of both AlChE-DLV and the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia's Committee on Younger Members, were crucial to making the week a success. Thank you also to YMF volunteers Mohamed Elghawy, Chris Gray, Alexa Harper, Drew Horgan, and Brian Ward for donating their time to help students make choices about their future.

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On January 29, 2016, YMF member Katrina Lawrence (K-12 Outreach Chair) visited East Norriton Middle School in Norristown, PA.

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On December 17, 2015, YMF members Charlie Mumford (K-12 Outreach Chair), Kolleen Backlund, and Daniel Bhaumik visited Pottstown High School for both a hands-on activity and an introduction to Civil Engineering for students interested in engineering. Having focused on engineering disciplines other than civil thus far, the 10th and 11th grade Intro to Engineering students were excited to hear about what Civil Engineering entailed and enjoyed watching ASCE’s “What is a Civil Engineer” video as well as getting an overview from the YMF’s volunteers. The students also got to perform a hands-on geotechnical engineering activity as part of the YMF’s 3-hour visit to Pottstown.

The day seemed to be a success for the students and volunteers alike; thank you to Charlie, Kolleen, and Daniel for volunteering your time for such a successful outreach event! 
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