By Catherine Cruz Norton, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs
PITI, Guam (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers culminated National Engineers' Week with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) presentations at several Guam public schools, Feb. 22-26.
This year's theme is 'Engineers Make a World of Difference'.
At George Washington High School, Lt. Timothy Dahms and fellow CEC officers spoke to students about the top 10 reasons to love engineering. This was followed by a hands-on demonstration.
"To illustrate the work of engineers we conducted a fun and educational exercise," Dahms said. "Using toothpicks and gummy bears, we taught students how to apply STEM concepts to the process of building structures."
Dahms said while there are a variety of different professional tracks in the field of engineering, all engineers possess similar objectives - to solve problems, add value and make contributions to the world that have lasting positive impact.
According to the official DiscoverE Web page (formerly National Engineers Week Foundation), engineers are at the center of innovation; from increasing a person's life expectancy and quality of life, to creating and improving the communication systems that keep us all connected.
Ens. Cassandra Fach, construction management engineer, Naval Base Guam Public Works Department, addressed about 150 students at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School.
"We showed the students how engineering can make the impossible possible," said Fach. "It was a great opportunity to witness young minds engaged and excited. Hopefully we provided positive support and an example for them to look up to."
Fach said she shared with the students her college experiences and how she decided on a career in engineering.
"I also had a discussion with the students about skills they can begin to develop as young teens that will set them up for success, whether it's college or a job after graduation," she said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the field of engineering is expected to grow by 10 percent in the coming decade. Experts say demand for engineers will continue to grow as governments and industry work to meet the challenges of a growing global population and dwindling resources.
Future events to celebrate and draw awareness for the value of engineering and STEM on Guam include a Bridge Building competition and a Lego League competition to be held later this year.