In late October, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) hosted its Young Engineers program (YEP) showcase with the Lower East Side Girls Club.
During the event, held at the Girls Club headquarters on Avenue D, 26 female middle and high school students presented their sustainable design projects from the DDC educational program that promotes science, technology, engineering, architecture/art and mathematics (STEAM) related disciplines.
It was the first time the DDC’s STEAM division had partnered with the Lower East Side Girls Club to host an after-school program with girls from various public middle and high schools. For seven weeks, students in the “Young Engineers” program learned environmentally conscious design, the importance of circumventing pollution, and methods to prevent polluted stormwater from reaching natural sources of water around the City.
“In support of Mayor de Blasio’s vision for quality education, this program was designed to teach students sustainable engineering concepts and preparation for career opportunities in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. We want to continue encouraging young women to ignite their passion to pursue careers in these fields because these industries tend to be male-dominated,” DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora said about the program.
Prior to that, DDC’s STEAM division partnered with the Lower East Side Girls Club to host "Introduce a Girl to AEC Day,” with 30 middle and high school girls for a day of knowledge about the built environment. The event was formed in an effort to promote architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) related disciplines to young women and to raise their awareness of career opportunities in STEAM fields.
"DDC created the STEAM Initiatives program in November 2014 – establishing a diverse and inclusive pipeline for New York City’s youth to engage in science, technology, engineering, architecture/art, and mathematics. Our customized outreach programs bring students awareness of these fields throughout the education lifecycle. We believe in supporting schools with a holistic educational approach. Through our after-school Young Engineers Program starting in 2015, we’ve taught 285 middle school students at ten New York City schools the work of our industry, showing them how to decrease pollution runoff in the environment, insulate model homes and build sustainable structures. These students now understand the positive impacts that sustainable design can have on the environment," a DDC official told Tnj.com.
Now, the DDC has expanded its role in promoting STEAM by launching a college and graduate summer internship program geared towards students who are majoring in engineering, architecture, construction management, urban planning and/or sustainability design. The 10-week Internship begins Monday, June 5, 2017 and ends on Friday, August 11, 2017.
According to the DDC’s website, the internship program is “an opportunity for a select group of students to gain valuable experience in the architecture, engineering, design, and construction management professions within a public service context. Students will gain hands-on technical experience through specific field assignments and a mentoring relationship with senior-level technical staff. They will also have the opportunity, through a combination of seminars, site visits, and training opportunities, to learn about the challenges of upgrading and constructing the City’s public buildings and infrastructure.”
For more information, go to the DDC’s website.