A T.E.E.M. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

First Lego League is a STEM program for students in grades 4 through 8 for them to research real-world problems and develop solutions.  Subjects include assistance for the elderly, health issues, food safety, water systems, etc. One of the tasks includes designing, building and programming a Lego MINDSTORMS ® robot to navigate and complete tasks on a table-top field.

We have served as a robotics design judge at competitions for a number of years and provided practice space, sponsored and mentored a First Lego League team since 2014.  The team advanced to Regionals in 2014 and 2016.

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SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND CAREER FAIRS

Through Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and personal invitations, we have spoken at elementary, middle schools, high schools and other events. We believe the best way to explain our engineering field and water infrastructure is through our water system board and in small groups. Discussing our path to engineering helps to make engineering an accessible career path to many students.

We have presented our water system demonstrations at Field Days for Future Farmers of America/ 4-H, career days Engineering Awareness Program (~200 girls) and Earth Day at Cal-EPA.  We believe that by showing up and talking directly with the public about working as electrical engineers on the hidden infrastructure world of water and wastewater we are simultaneously educating them about the world they live in and demystifying the nebulous world of engineers.

We have assisted college students on resume writing and spoken on profession panels discussing different careers paths.