On Friday, November 18 2016, the California Polytechnic University Pomona ASCE chapter (CPP ASCE) organized their 6th annual Civil Day event. The goal of the event was to promote civil engineering to middle schools within cities of close proximity to Cal Poly Pomona’s campus. The event’s agenda included hands on activities, keynote presentation, lunch, civil engineering lab tours, and an environmental awareness fair.
The event commenced around 10:00 AM while participants arrived at the welcome booth located near the CLA Paseo building. Tables, chairs, presentation equipment were set up in the open space within the building. Participants were welcomed and checked in by CPP ASCE board members. A short welcome speech was presented at that time to help welcome students, while they were getting seated and organized. The hands on activity including newspaper bridge and water filter contests began around 10:30AM. Students were divided into groups of four to eight per group. Students were encouraged to build the longest bridge using newspapers and plastic cups. For the water filter activity, students formed filters using multiple materials such as gravel, sand, carbon fiber. Each group was handed water containing sediments, color, and oil. Groups were evaluated based on the cleanness of through their built-filters. Both of the hand-on activists were judges by ASCE CPP board members.
Around 12:00 PM lunch (Costco Pizza) was served, while ASCE San Bernardino/ Riverside SB/R YMF members presented about civil engineering. The presentation was a great opportunity for students to ask question to professionals and college students. The main focus of the presentation was to promote civil engineering, and encourage students to focus on their science classes if they were to pursue civil engineering in the future. Multiple questions were asked by the middle school students. After lunch and around 12:30PM, students were formed into groups. The groups rotated between tours to civil engineering labs and attending the environmental awareness fair.
At the environmental awareness fair, multiple booths were set up with tables, flyers, and boards. CPP civil engineering students had volunteered to set up the booths. Each booth included a challenge/activity for middle school students to engage in environmental awareness. Some of the activities were questions and answers, and others were hands-on. Prizes were given to winners whom were judged by CPP students.Overall the event was a great success, and a great accomplishment. A special thanks to CPP ASCE for organizing this great event