In support of Engineers Week, the D.C. Metro Community Investment team participated in our second annual Discover Engineering Family Day event at the National Building Museum in late February. Our exhibit was entitled “Waterway Shipping in the 21st Century” and featured a small prototype of a canal lock system using a fish tank, supply piping and a pump to simulate transit of vessels through the chambers of the Panama Canal. The children constructed small boats using aluminum foil and tested the lock system as we filled the chambers to lift the boats from one chamber to the next.
Thanks to Alicia Johns, Jason Cawrse, Daniel Carawan, Kim Watkins, Emily Grenzke, Andy Bogdanski, Dan Lavoie, Dorian Hemming, Keisha Voigt and Scott Weikert for their hard work in sharing buoyancy principles and lock operation with some 9,100 attendees at the event.
This event was featured in the March 10, 2013 Washington Post Kid’s Post section in a story focusing on a local Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) program which is closely aligned with CH2M HILL’s emphasis on STEM events.