BIG RED DOG Engineering and ASCE at the Thinkery

February 18, 2014 by Bailey Harrington

This Saturday (15 February) several BIG RED DOG employees and the Young Member Forum  and general population of the Austin branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) volunteered to help teach children about engineering at the Thinkery; Austin’s new state-of-the-art children’s museum.  A t the event children learned about engineering and how it can relate to everyday life.  Through fun activities like a spaghetti and marshmallow truss bridge, a newspaper tower, and a paper helicopter the event exposed Austin area children to the concepts such as statics, forces, and flight all while having a great time at the museum.

BRD Engineer Devon Vo helps inspect a newspaper tower for proper construction at the Thinkery on 15 February
BRD Engineer Devon Vo helps inspect a newspaper tower for proper construction at the Thinkery on 15 February
BRD Engineer Eliot Davenport assisted children in making a spaghetti and marshmallow truss bridge like this to learn about forces and trusses
BRD Engineer Eliot Davenport assisted children in making a spaghetti and marshmallow truss bridges like the one pictured above to learn about forces and trusses

 

The Thinkery estimated over 500 children attend this event.  During their time in the museum they received a plastic yellow hard hat and a set of tasks for the day.  At each station they would build different models with the help of volunteer engineers from the ASCE and their parents, and after successful completion received a sticker on their task tracker.  After completing all stations the children received a goody bag.

 

 

This event served as the beginning event for Engineer’s Week in Austin, and the ASCE will have other events throughout town this week including the Engineer Week Banquet at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Austin.  This was the 12th annual E-week event at the children’s museum, and they will be volunteering at this event next year; more information can be found at their website here.

 

Written by Bailey Harrington

Bailey Harrington

Bailey Harrington is our Hospitality Services Market Director and is a BIG RED DOG shareholder. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas with more than five years of engineering leadership experience as a project manager leading engineering projects in the United States and Afghanistan.