Thursday letters: Event inspires future engineers

February 6, 2014 

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VINCENT GIORDANO

The annual “Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition” reinforces the importance of science, technology and mathematics education. It encourages kindergarten to high school students to see how exciting engineering can be. It also pairs students with business leaders who help them understand that the number of exciting, sustainable careers in science, technology and mathematics is swiftly expanding.

The event will be held Feb. 15; generous support from Google is helping move it onto the national stage.

Deryl Wessinger, a program manager at Cummins Turbo Technologies in Ladson who solicited mentors and is a team mentor, calls the competition a great opportunity for businesses.

“Many companies have local facilities that need future engineers,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful for a young person to start out participating in engineering week events at The Citadel and end up working for one of our local companies?”

The competitors are registered, and the public is invited to come out and cheer on the teams and talk with the local science, technology and math businesses and educational organizations that are hosting exhibits during the event. To get involved with STEM learning events and Storm The Citadel! for 2015, please email Rhonda Ewing at rewing@citadel.edu.

Glenda P. La Rue

Director, STEM Center

of Excellence, The Citadel

Charleston

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