Lincoln Students Learn from Novae Engineers

Lincoln Students Learn from Novae Engineers
Posted on 02/28/2019
First grader, Addison, is smiling after learning from Novae Engineers. Text below her photo says, “Future Doctor?”Lincoln Elementary recently celebrated National Engineers Week with a visit from several engineers that work for Novae Corporation. National Engineers Week began in 1951 and is ‘dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.’
Mrs. Katie Tilley was instrumental in coordinating this special event for Lincoln students. “I think STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is really important in the classroom, and I try to find ways to incorporate it in my own room weekly (if not daily). I wanted to spread my love for STEM beyond my classroom walls and into the entire school, and I just thought ‘what better way to do that than to bring in real STEM professionals?’” commented Mrs. Tilley. 
Mrs. Tilley continued, “My husband and a friend are both engineers at Novae, and after speaking with them about my idea for National Engineering Week, they were all in! My hope was for the engineers to come and instill more excitement and wonder for all the kiddos, get them to think like engineers do, and offer them the opportunity to interact with professional engineers (which they may not normally get to experience). The engineers were wonderful and not only did they share their knowledge and get the kids involved, but they also shared their personal experiences of what got them passionate about STEM in the first place. They told me afterward that it was amazing to see this next generation get excited about all the possibilities STEM has to offer, and loved being able to help inspire the students to explore future opportunities they may not have thought of before.” 
The engineers set up several STEM activities including a pulley system which allowed students to lift 30 pounds. Students also learned about different states of matter by observing water in each of its forms (solid, liquid, and vapor). Another experiment allowed students to measure the distance an object travels based on size, weight, and degree of incline.  
“It was a pleasure to have the Novae engineers at Lincoln Elementary School in conjunction with National Engineering Week. I thought it was an enjoyable experience for students, teacher, and engineers alike. Our students benefited from different activities that may not necessarily be offered in their classrooms on a regular basis. We had a great day learning about engineering, and we look forward to having the Novae engineers back next year,” stated Principal Brady McClure.  
Thank you to the engineers and Novae Corporation for inspiring our students to pursue careers involving STEM curriculum. One of Mrs. Tilley’s first grade students, Addison, plans to use STEM in her future profession as a ‘doctor who is a fixer of hearts’ - commonly known as a Cardiovascular Surgeon. 

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