Capturing and holding the attention of a classroom full of 5th grade students is no easy task. Yet that’s precisely what three engineers from SAGE were able to do.
Earlier this week engineers Dan Jenkins, Bryan Perrin, and Stacy Vorster demonstrated how an engineer’s job can involve more than working behind a desk designing things. By showcasing SAGE’s Rope Access service, curious minded students had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) activity as part of Sacramento’s STARBASE program. After learning how to tie proper knots, examining the safety gear, and looking at spectacular images of professionals working on steep slopes, students took the reins and posed questions to the engineers. For the record, no, these three engineers do not sleep at the office, wake up, and begin working.
The mission of STARBASE is to provide K-12 students with an opportunity to engage in innovative STEM activities as a means of exposing at-risk youth to technological work environments and positive role models. SAGE was introduced to the STARBASE program through its involvement with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Sacramento Post, which provides ongoing support to the Sacramento STARBASE program.