Engineering Night at Wiles Elementary
GAINESVILLE - The jobs will be there - but will there be workers to fill them?
Occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - "STEM" - will generate 2.8 million job openings through 2018, according to the Georgetown Center of Education.
So getting future engineers excited about these fields was part of the purpose of engineering night at Kimball Wiles Elementary School.
UF College of Engineering students created activites for the elementary students, as educators say it's important for them to see what they could become.
Leslie Washburn, UF Transportation Institute - "it's important for the younger kids to learn from the engineering students because it gives them that exposure to see what they might be like in the future and what an engineering student looks like it's somebody that looks like me and I can understand them and relate to them."
Wiles Elementary always holds math night, but this is the first time they have paired with the UF engineering department.
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