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Cavelero Students put the "E in STEM"


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Cavelero students present at conference

The American Public Works Association, an organization of civil engineers, public works officials and city planners held their spring conference in

Tacoma, Washington where eleven Cavalero students presented. The session, titled, "Putting the E in STEM," featured High School students in engineering who shed light on the focus of engineering education at the K-12 level.  Students gave an overview of the engineering curriculum in the Lake Stevens School District.

The session drew attention to how Lake Stevens School District has implemented the national Project Lead the Way curriculum.   Students displayed projects covering their learning of professional engineers. Three students, Colt Hawley, Abby Hanson, and Seth Nickerson, presented information from their Gateways to Technology class and how they have begun to do C+ programing. Also highlighted were some of their creations built with Autodesk 3D modeling software.

Ninth grade students, Raeleen Mock and Crystal Jones, emulated the engineering design process from brainstorming to virtual prototyping. They presented a 3D modeled virtual train called the "Fun Train"  which came from  their Introduction to Engineering Design class.

Natasha Wilson, Andrew Moss, and Brendan Tuttle from the ninth grade Principles of Engineering class presented topics of programming and control systems. Projects showcased an automated drawbridge and computerized shelf stacking forklift.  Mia Leoncavallo and Elise Gooding presented their understanding of statics and materials sciences by displaying their work with truss calculations and different tensile strength tests.

Tenth grader Jonah Hanson's robot was spotlighted.  He explained how building his Vex Robot allowed him to implement the design process he learned in his Project Lead the Way classes.  He demonstrated how he designed and programed his robot that recently made it to the elimination rounds of the VEX World's Competition in Anaheim, CA.

Students also attended other sessions on a variety of civil engineering topic as well as mingled in the vendor hall. Another highlight of the conference was lunch that included speaker congressmen Denny Heck from the Tenth District who took time to talk with students and take photos with them after his speech.

None of this would have been possible had Perteet, Inc a civil and transportation engineering company headquartered in Everett, WA not agreed to pay for each student's conference fees.   A special thank you goes to Perteet and Dan Hansen P.E. for spearheading the session.


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