Engineers visit middle schools to teach students about working in their field. Educators say there will be a big demand for engineers in 10 years. Now local schools are working to get students interested early on in math and science.
Students at Stevens Middle School in Pasco have had several visitors come by and teach 7th and 8th grade classes. They've been doing it for the last two weeks. There were 9 engineers from local companies that visited. They came to classes to teach more than 800 students about their jobs and valuable skills. We're told the interactive workshops keeps students engaged.
8th Grade Teacher Duran Torrez says having visitors come to the class makes students more excited to learn. "We're trying to get away from the standard classroom book work stuff into the hands on. The robotics, the engineering type stuff with the students."
Engineers started coming to classes last week to celebrate national engineer week. They visited from Bechtel and Energy Northwest and other companies.
While they were there students displayed hundreds of science boards to show to visitors.