Denver Post Supports STEM

Denver Post STEM program

David Reppert, Assistant Chief of the USGS Water Quality Laboratory, discusses careers in chemistry with members of Engineering Explorer Post 827.

The SAME Denver Metro Post recently completed its sixth year sponsoring Engineering Explorer Post 827. The year’s final outreach meeting introduced 19 young women and men to engineering in outer space, as they had the chance to spend two hours discussing careers in aerospace and astronautics with an astronaut at the Lockheed Martin Waterton Canyon facility.

In addition to meeting an astronaut, Engineering Explorer Post 827 had the chance to engage with professionals in several engineering disciplines as well. The 2014 program also included meetings on architecture; electrical, computer hardware and software engineering; chemistry/chemical engineering; cyber security and emergency management; and military engineering.

Architecture – DMP sustaining member Coover Clark & Associates hosted a meeting with outstanding presentations on careers in architecture by several of their young architects and a tour of their office, a renovated century-old warehouse.

Denver Post STEM program

Engineering Explorers tour a USGS Water Chemistry laboratory at the Denver Federal Center.

Electrical, Computer Hardware & Software Engineering – This meeting, sponsored by Tandberg Data Corp., provided exciting insight into careers in electrical engineering as well as computer hardware and software design.

Chemistry/Chemical Engineering – Thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey for hosting the Explorer Post at their National Water Chemistry Laboratory located on the grounds of the Denver Federal Center. The Explorers learned about careers in chemistry and toured a number of chemistry laboratories.

Military Engineering – Thanks to 1st Lt. Marissa Belton, USAF, for arranging an outstanding evening at Buckley Air Force Base during which several military engineers discussed their jobs and how they became engineers in the armed forces. The youth got up close with an F-16 fighter and heard from a pilot who served in Iraq. Other briefings included an unclassified overview of the U.S. space-based early warning satellite system complete with full and partial scale models of three generations of infrared detection satellites; a visit inside one of the “golf ball” radomes with the opportunity to climb up 55-ft on the communications antenna; and a tour of a Chinook helicopter with a briefing by the Colorado Air Guard on their mission.

Denver Post STEM program

Engineer Explorer Post 827 learns about careers in emergency management at the Jefferson County Emergency Management Center.

Cyber Security & Emergency Management – This interesting program that discussed careers in cyber security and emergency management was held at the Jefferson County Emergency Command Center, which had been used during the extreme Colorado flooding in 2013.

Astronautics & Aerospace Engineering – Explorer Post 827 joined with the Explorer Post sponsored by Lockheed Martin for an evening with the retired astronaut who last flew as Commander of the Discovery on a mission to the international space station. Between the two posts, approximately 100 young men and women participated in this great event.

Thanks to Lauren Fahey and Jim Quin, Tim Zvada, Patrick Scher, Jon Holbrook and George Rasmussen of the SAME Denver Metro Post who served as advisors to the Explorer Post. This is the sixth year of service as advisors for Jim Quin, Patrick Scher, Jon Holbrook and George Rasmussen.

(Contributed by George Rasmussen, P.E., F.SAME, Denver Metro Post, Los Alamos Technical Associates Inc.)

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