Event taught kids about the engineering profession.
By Maxwell Stolfe
LAKE COMO — A Monmouth County non-profit organization for kids teamed up with a Lake Como engineering firm for a day of career learning. The day was also devoted to trust building for the kids. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties partnered with Dynamic Engineering Consultants, PC on Oct. 23 for what the organization called Engineering Day.
The day was spent teaching littles and their bigs about the various fields of engineering and how to determine if the industry is the right career path for them.
The kids, ages ranging from 8 to 18, were first given a presentation on what engineering is. They learned about how math, science, and economics influence and guide engineers to innovate and design. In addition, the kids were shown some of the most popular types of engineering, including chemical, computer, aerospace, and nuclear.
James Henry, Civil engineer at Dynamic and a Big Brother himself, spearheaded the event. Henry sits on the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been an active Big for nine years. “The kids got to work with their bigs together,” he said. Henry has a personal connection to this event, as well. His own little recently went off to college, enrolling in the University of Maryland. Following in Henry’s footsteps, his little is
attending the A. James Clark School of Engineering. “We got to show the kids design plans for what the company looks like.” Also coordinating the event was Director of Development at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Marybeth Bull. Bull has developed several relationships with companies across Middlesex and Monmouth. This was the first year Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted an engineering event. Engineering Day seemed to be another success in Big Brothers Big Sisters history of partnering with companies. “We got great feedback,” Bull said. “The kids loved it.”
It’s not the first time Big Brothers Big Sisters has coordinated mentoring sessions with companies. Big Brothers Big Sisters has also worked with NJ Gas to provide mentoring and career learning for the last 20 years. In addition, the organization provides internships and works with several high schools across the Monmouth and Middlesex, such as in Wall Township.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to “provide children facing adversity with the strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” The organization was founded in 1976.
The final activity at Engineering Day, once the presentation ended and food consumed, was a lesson in Photos
The final activity at Engineering Day, once the presentation ended and food consumed, was a lesson in trust building between the Bigs and Littles. The group worked together to build a bridge out of toothpicks to symbolize the trust between them.