April kicks off SEFW's annual Spring Fundraising Campaign! This year's theme is "Foundation for the Future: Build the Next Story." It has been wonderful to reflect on the success stories that SEFW has been part of.
There was the time when a local 10-year-old boy got to meet his origami hero, Robert Lang, at the Fall Forum and learned engineering in origami was a viable career choice.
There was the time several teachers and parents from the Mead School District were raving about what a SEFW-funded popsicle stick bridge competition has done for their students.
There was the time when a SEFW-funded SEAW Scholarship recipient graduated from college, took a position with a local firm, and now mentors high school students interested in structural engineering.
There was the time when the SEAW Outreach committee asked SEFW to commission a shake table, which they have taken to several local STEM expo events, wowing literally thousands of students and parents with structural engineering principles.
These are just the beginning! Since the inception of SEFW in 2010, the Board of Directors and volunteers have been collecting stories of structural engineering enthusiasm.
Donate to SEFW this year as we "Build the Next Story" together. Visit our Donations page to learn how.
The SEFW 2017 Annual Report has been released! It can be found in the About section of the web site, which also has links to Annual Reports from the last several years. We are proud of all the accomplishments that SEFW was able to part of last year, advancing the structural engineering profession through scholarship, education, and outreach. Plus, we are pleased to report changes in the Board of Directors and share a financial stewardship report. Check it out and let us know what you think!
MTHS Robotics Team Places First
SEFW has been a proud sponsor of the Mountlake Terrace High School FIRST Robotics team for many years. Our group has watched the team grow and improve from year to year, and this year we are thrilled to report the team was on the winning alliance for the Pacific Northwest District Championships! The team competes in Houston at the world championship in a few weeks. SEFW was able to facilitate a structural engineering mentor for the team years ago, and we are pleased that Dan Sloat with Degenkolb has continued to mentor the team. Way to go Dan! Congrats on the success this year! Check out a video of the final match on YouTube!
SEAW Outreach "WOW" at STEM Expos
The SEAW Outreach Committee has been visiting many STEM Expos for school districts around Puget Sound this spring. In total they'll make 12 or so appearances before the school year is out. They show off structural engineering principles using a shake table, bridge building iPad app, truss bridge competition samples, and informative posters. To learn more about the Committee and its efforts, visit their new website. Also, sign up today to be part of the SEAW Outreach volunteer database and be contacted with opportunities to serve. SEFW is pleased to support and fund the SEAW Outreach Committee in their efforts.
Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridges
Saturday Feb. 10 was the 2018 Mead School District Popsicle Stick Bridge competition in Spokane. Thank you to everyone participated! In total, 130 bridges were tested to failure, with the winning bridge holding 820 pounds! K-12 students around the district participated, with the greatest number of students -- 160! -- being elementary-school aged. It is exciting to see so many young people learning about structural engineering. SEFW was pleased to sponsor the event, receiving donations from nine Spokane-area firms. Several local SEAW YMG volunteers, from both from local firms and Gonzaga, as well as faculty and staff from the school district, helped make the event possible. It was another terrific year!
If you are associated with a school district in Washington state and are interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact SEFW at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DreamBIG showing now
SEFW is excited to publicize "DreamBIG: Engineering for our World," a 45-minute movie produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The film is playing at science centers all over the country, including the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Reviews so far have been every positive, as the film fascinates adults but also inspires students to engineering careers. Seattle firms and structures (like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) are featured. Read about it onlineandget your tickets today! The movie should screen for several months.
SEFW was pleased to have younger children attend both the reception and the Forum and enjoy the hands-on origami displays.
Robert Lang, mathematician and origami expert, gave a fascinating presentation on the science of origami.
Mark Morden of Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., origami enthusiast and founder of "PAPER," was the concluding speaker.
SEFW Board member Nancy Devine introduced all of the speakers.
A table of hands-on origami pieces was a hit during the networking reception.
SEFW Board Member Nancy Devine shares the stage with Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami.
2017 Fall Forum
The 2017 Fall Forum on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, was a great success! "Origami: Inspiration in Science, Design, and Structures" featured three internationally recognized experts and an engaging pre-function networking reception. Thank you to the 43 firms that sponsored this event and SEFW programs! Check back for a full event summary and video!