Union County Students Get A Head Start In Engineering

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LINDEN – On March 31, local students visited Infineum USA L.P.’s facilities in Linden to participate in its 13th Annual Career Workshop and learn about careers in engineering.

Approximately 160 students from thirteen Union County high schools along with some of their science teachers and supervisors had an opportunity to hear detailed information on engineering careers from several Infineum engineers. The main focus of the event was to encourage students become interested in engineering careers.

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The program consisted of presentations describing seven engineering disciplines: chemical, civil, computer/electrical, materials, environmental, and mechanical, including required courses and what typical engineers do in these fields. In addition, team-building exercises involved students in hands-on activities, which showed the approach to problem-solving and decision-making techniques that engineers use in their everyday lives.

“We enjoyed the interaction, working and competing in teams. The discussions opened our eyes to the various options available in Science and Engineering,” said Union High School Science teacher Rina Broyer, when asked what part of the event she liked the best.

During the team-building exercises, the students were placed into teams to work on two projects: 1) the building of a bridge for vehicular and aquatic traffic and, 2) the erection of a telecommunications tower of considerable height. The “aspiring engineers” were assigned to build the structures using unconventional materials: a set of Lego blocks to build the bridge, and Gummy Dots and spaghetti to erect the tower.

Throughout the program, the students had an opportunity to interact with the engineers and ask questions about pursuing a future career in engineering.

Approximately 160 students from thirteen Union County high schools accompanied by science teachers and supervisors attended Infineum’s 13th Annual Career Day on March 31. Shown above, students build a mock telecommunications tower made out of Gummy Dots and spaghetti. (Photo courtesy of Infineum)


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