K-12 Update from The Citadel (Spring 2019)

2019 Teach a Girl Engineering

On February 17, as part of the 2019 National Engineers Week program at The Citadel, 30 engineering students and the Society of Women Engineers hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering,” a STEM-based community outreach event. Seventy Girl Scouts learned about engineering through an engaging 3-hour interactive educational program with a creative theme on transportation and mobility. The hands-on, problem-solving activities were led by college engineering student mentors, and this event resulted in a Girl Scout Engineering Badge.


High School Students Learn About Engineering at The Citadel

The Citadel’s Pre-Knob Program is a unique enrichment and recruiting opportunity for high school students to observe college student life through firsthand observation and engagement. Student recruits, or pre-knobs, declare an academic major in which they are interested and spend time at that department when they come for a campus visit. This school year, The Citadel Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering hosted 105 high school students. Students shadowed a civil engineering freshman student, spent the night in The Citadel dormitories (barracks) and joined in family-style dining at the campus Mess Hall. While visiting the Department, students learned about the civil engineering profession, transportation engineering, and STRIDE research projects, and they also attended either a transportation engineering or engineering management course.

Richland School Visits 2018

Over 600 4th and 5th grade students from middle schools in Richland County School District One, Columbia, SC, visited The Citadel Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering to learn about civil and transportation engineering. Faculty conducted a 50-minute presentation on what Civil Engineering is about, the sub-disciplines of civil engineering, and what transportation engineering is about. They also organized activities on fluid flow principles through a channel, pavement materials, soil properties for foundation design, and other similar demonstrations.

Charleston STEM Festival Banner

Charleston STEM Festival

On March 9, 2019, The Citadel Department of Civil Engineering participated in the 6th Annual Charleston STEM Festival, a STEM celebration that attracted over 13,000 K-12 students and their families from a three-county region across the South Carolina Coastal Lowcountry. The event received broad support from industry, manufacturing, trade professions and educational institutions, with over 80 exhibitors that included hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations and family-oriented STEM entertainment. During the 5-hour event, more than 500 kids were introduced to civil and transportation engineering with hands-on activities, which included constructing and testing bridges using K’nex building sets.