Team Outreach Visits Hudson Valley P-TECH

Educational outreach is like a book on a shelf: in itself it is enlightening, but once opened, it presents infinite possibilities.

Project engineers talk about their jobs/NNYB Outreach

Project engineers talk about their jobs/NNYB Outreach

This integral component of New York State’s largest project is flexible and can be adapted to elementary school children, community groups, senior citizens, engineering students . . . What brings the project alive is the Outreach Team, which carefully prepares for audiences by speaking with teachers, and previewing the presentation with administrators. The project’s progression from design-based to construction-based gave outreach the unique opportunity to offer options.

Early presentations described what the project will look like, while those more recent follow the project’s facts and rapid progress and practical application. 

Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy discusses the project, which relates to STEM education/NNYB Outreach

Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy discusses the
project, which relates to STEM education/NNYB Outreach

Following an enriching afternoon with students in Holly Sewalk’s Explorations Program, the Outreach Team visited Hudson Valley P-TECH. An earlier meeting with teachers helped gauge what approach and content would be most beneficial to — and appropriate for — the 14 students in the inaugural P-TECH class of 2020. Students were well turned out and nicely dressed impressing project officials and pleasing P-TECH Principal Natasha Shea.  Part of preparing for the work force is learning how to present oneself professionally.

“P-TECH is an amazing program designed to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The class was very knowledgeable about the bridge project, and the questions they posed led to an engaging discussion.” — Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy

bridge shape

While not all groups see a presentation and tour the site, visiting the viewing area “brings students to the sights and sounds of the construction zone, and stimulates the conversation to a different level.” Kids and older students get a kick from seeing the I Lift NY super crane, the construction equipment and barges, and, of course, the bridge. Does the logo look familiar?

If you’d like the Outreach Team to talk with your group or school, see the Contact Us page on the New NY Bridge website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

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