On February 25, 2017, volunteers from the EWB-San Diego Professional Chapter joined a group of other engineering organizations and companies to celebrate National Engineers Week by spending a Saturday teaching kids about engineering. The annual event, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers Younger Member Forum (ASCE YMF), was attended by almost 200 children and featured activity tables from multiple engineering disciplines.
This was EWB's first time hosting a booth, and our goal was to highlight the connection between public health and engineering. Using glitter to represent germs, our team demonstrated how easily germs can spread, and explained how access to clean water is essential to human health.
It was a great day seeing kids make the connection between clean water and clean hands. Kids and parents alike left the booth with a better understanding of how engineers around the world are working to help communities meet their basic human needs.