Help Shape the Future – Start a High School Civil Engineering Club!

April 12, 2013
ASCE High School Civil Engineering Club

Encourage high school students to become civil engineers!

Civil engineers make the world a better place. Building awareness of that message in our communities is a job we all share. To ensure the pipeline for our profession  is continually resupplied with talented young people, it’s important to give them opportunities to learn about civil engineering.  By getting involved with your schools, you can help encourage interested kids and model the work that civil engineers do.  ASCE has the resources to help you make a difference!

A great way to interest high school students in civil engineering as a career is to establish an official ASCE Civil Engineering Club.™ Sound intimidating? Don’t worry – a complete club guide has already been created in coordination with high school teachers, engineers, curriculum developers and feedback from pilot high school clubs. In the guide, you’ll find: ideas for planning, guidelines for partnering with schools, hands-on engineering design projects and tips for working with students. Email Pre-College Outreach to request a copy of the Civil Engineering Club Guide.

Interested but want more information? Attend the upcoming eLearning Webinar, free for ASCE members, hosted by ASCE Pre-College Outreach on May 1, at 3 p.m. ET. You’ll hear from ASCE members Tony Cioffi, P.E., M.ASCE, Jon Young, P.E., M.ASCE, and Melissa Wu, P.E., M.ASCE as they share insights from participating in ASCE’s 2012-2013 pilot test of this new program, one that proved very popular among students who participated. You’ll learn how to approach a school, build a plan, recruit volunteer support, get the word out to students, launch the club, and run it successfully with the help of a faculty advisor. Take a chance and learn more by registering today!

What civil engineering examples do you think high school students would most relate to in their lives? What would you say to help them understand why civil engineering is a great career choice?

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