On Friday, Oct. 7th, Dr. Victoria Bennett gave a presentation to a Civil Engineering and Architecture Class at Mohonasen High School. This class is part of a program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW).
The Project Lead the Way curriculum is a pre–engineering pathway. It is designed to expose students to the basic principles of engineering and focuses on teamwork and project-based learning. Project Lead the Way students are eligible to receive college credit through Rochester Institute of Technology.
Courses in this pathway include:
- Design and Drawing for Production-Engineering (DDP-E)
- Aerospace Engineering (AE)
- Principles of Engineering (POE)
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA)
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
- Digital Electronics (DE)
- Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
Dr. Bennett talked about what Civil Engineers do and how research in Foundation Engineering is making for safer structures. She explained the effects that earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, explosions, and other events have on buildings, dams, levees, and bridges. Using the mini-centrifuge, Dr. Bennett demonstrated how a centrifuge can be used to simulate those conditions for the purposes of research. She also explained how monitoring can be used to evacuate people before such an event occurs.