WRPS employees swarmed local classrooms the last week of February as part of Engineers Week, a national outreach program that highlights the positive contributions engineers make to society.
More than 80 volunteers helped introduce students to the world of engineering through presentations and fun, interactive games designed to stir interest.
Hanford Engineers Week is sponsored by a committee made of various Hanford contractors. The committee coordinates Engineers Week activities at elementary, middle and high schools in the Tri-Cities area.
WRPS’ specific sponsorship of the Zoom into Engineering program focuses on third, fourth and fifth graders. Over the course of the week-long outreach, WRPS volunteers gave 94 presentations at 23 local elementary schools, reaching more than 3,700 area students.
During these presentations, volunteers talk about what an engineer does and how they affect our world. Volunteers built hoop gliders with third graders, wind meters with fourth graders and prepared an activity using “radioactive” ping pong balls for fifth graders.