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GeoTek   has   engaged   several   of   the   office   staff   from   the   company   president   down   to   the   field   staff,   which primarily   will   be   the   Engineers   in   Training   (which   have   recently   graduated   with   a   BS   in   Engineering)   and Professional   Engineers   to   put   together   a   program   that   will   encourage   High   School   aged   kids   to   pursue   the Engineering Field. All this is going to be done through the Boy Scouts of America , specifically the Explorers  program. Exploring   described   by   the   exploring   website:   Exploring   exists   to   teach   important   life   and   career   skills   to young   people   from   all   backgrounds   through   immersive   career   experiences   and   mentorship   provided   by community   and   business   leaders   like   you.   Together,   we   equip   young   people   with   character,   leadership   and   life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers. Exploring   is   based   on   a   unique   and   dynamic   relationship   between   youth   and   the   organizations   in   their communities.   Businesses   and   community   organizations   initiate   a   career-specific   Explorer   post   or   club   by matching   their   people   and   organizational   resources   to   the   career   interests   of   youth   in   the   community.   The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop GeoTek   is   targeting   youth   from   16   to   20,   that   are   interested   in   the   engineering   field.   The   program   is   going   to be   done   in   modules,   connected   with   an   overall   theme.   We’re   going   to   start   with   soils,   then   move   into concrete and then structures. Like the building process, foundation to roof. Our modules will include several lessons, a project and a field trip: The   soils   module   will   deal   with   the   different   types   of   soil   and   their   properties.   We’ll   discuss   their   uses, how   they   interact   with   each   other,   how   moisture   contributes   to   their   strength   and   the   importance   of   a solid   foundation.   We   have   several   hands-on   laboratory   tests   which   will   demonstrate   these   principles.   A project   at   the   end   of   the   module.   will   be   to   build   a   model   earth   dam.   Monetary   amounts   will   be   set   to   the different   soils,   which   will   demonstrate   that   engineering   also   has   project   management   and   value   engineering involved.   The   team   that   can   build   a   dam   that   will   hold   the   most   water,   for   the   cheapest   amount   will   win.   (I found   a   YouTube   video   that   inspired   the   project. ). Concluding the module, we will visit a mass grading site, probably a retention basin, to see all the principals in action. The   Concrete   module   will   deal   with   the   different   types   of   concrete   and   their   properties.   We’ll   discuss how   concrete   is   made,   the   different   ways   to   make   it   stronger   or   weaker   and   it’s   uses.   We’ll   have   several hands    on    learning    projects,    like    doing    a    mix    design,    making    concrete    and    testing    the    concrete    for compressive   strength.   The   project   at   the   end   of   the   module   be   a   mini   concrete   boat,   with   monetary amounts   set   to   the   concrete   ingredients.   The   team   that   can   build   a   floating   boat,   for   the   least   amount   of money   will   win.   This   will   reinforce   the   has   project   management   and   value   engineering   involved   in   real   life. Concluding the module, we’ll visit a concrete batch plant, to see the real-life production of concrete. The   structure   module   will   deal   with   the   types   of   structures,   how   they   interact   with   foundations   and soils.   We’ll   discuss   the   different   types   of   buildings,   construction   methods   and   construction   materials.   We’ll do   several   hands-on   projects,   designing   and   building   models.   The   end   project   for   this   module   is   still   in progress, and the field trip will involve a trip to one of the several buildings we have going on.
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