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Career fair a first exposure to engineering for elementary students

Far East District
Published Feb. 16, 2015
Several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District engineers participated in an annual career fair at Osan American Middle School Jan. 30 as part of the science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational partnership program. District personnel challenged students to questions about engineering and explained in detail the nature of their work.

Several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District engineers participated in an annual career fair at Osan American Middle School Jan. 30 as part of the science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational partnership program. District personnel challenged students to questions about engineering and explained in detail the nature of their work.

Engineers from the Far East District demonstrated to Osan American Middle School students Jan. 30 what they can expect if they chose a career in the engineering field.

The district, along with the 51st Civil Engineering Squadron, was part of more than 30 volunteers from a variety of fields ranging from firefighting and emergency management to explosive ordnance disposal. 

"I really enjoyed being out and talking to the middle school students,” said parcel 2 resident office engineer Eric Carandang. “I believe this made a huge difference because they were given a chance to be exposed to different career options. It’s about basic understanding of what these careers are like and what they entail. Hopefully this exposure will help point them in the right direction and inspire them to keep moving forward."

 

District personnel challenged students to questions about engineering and explained in detail the nature of their work, said Korea Program Relocation Office project manager Tom Kwiat.   

 

“Quite a few students displayed a strong interest in engineering, said Kwiat. “We all enjoyed the opportunity to interact with these young men and women and hopefully gave them food for thought as they consider options for their future endeavors.” 

 

This was the second annual career fair at Osan American Elementary School. The district participated as part of its STEMed program, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters and Department of Defense Dependent Schools.