Middle and high school science students enjoyed Engineering Week at Dallas Academy. Throughout the week, students explored the many careers and contributions made by engineers. The Dallas Academy Science Department welcomed numerous guest speakers to campus to discuss with students the many roles and responsibilities of professional engineers. Faculty members also led hands-on activities and classroom lessons all revolving around engineering. Dallas Academy is committed to STEM education and looks forward to inspiring our future engineers!
Dallas Academy welcomed three fantastic guest speakers to campus for Engineering Week. Dallas Academy parent Chris Bellew of Commercial Metals Company shared with middle school students the variety of ways scrap metal can be recycled to construct buildings and bridges. High school students met with Cheick Kante of Texas Instruments who shared information about his role and responsibilities as an electrical engineer. Katie Livas from HDR discussed with students waste water treatment and hydro engineering. Students enjoyed meeting with working engineers in a diverse array of engineering roles.
Engineering lesson plans were integrated into the curriculum throughout the week in many fun and exciting ways. A few exciting engineering activities including students building the “leaning tower of pasta” and participating in the foil boat electrical engineering challenge. Students also discussed engineering careers, college and degree plans, famous engineers, and the history of engineering in their classes.
The events of Engineering Week all lead up to Dallas Academy’s participation in the Future City Competition to be held on January 28th at the University of Texas at Arlington. Dallas Academy’s middle school students participate in the annual engineering competition and are tasked with designing and building a city of the future. This year’s competition theme is The Power of Public Spaces and we look forward to seeing fantastic work from our students.