STEM students get engineering experience at DOT

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board heard a report from STEM students on their engineering experiences with the FDOT during Monday’s meeting in Chipley.

Four Chipley High School students — Ben Bridges, Richard Davenport, Olivia Saunders and Nick Butler, took part in a STEM Camp during the summer, which allowed them to intern for a week with the Florida Department of Transportation office in Chipley.

Vernon High School student Sarah Boullard also participated in the summer camp, but she was not present for the board meeting.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And STEM fields are the professional and academic disciplines that fall under the STEM acronym.

The students were involved in all aspects of the Department of Transportation, from road design to bridge inspection to right-of-way acquisition.

“A whole lot goes into designing a road,” Davenport said.

The STEM Camp was part of a program sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, and these included the 2013 Summer Challenges, a week-long Immersion into  STEM experience at the University of Florida, and Field Site/Workplace experiences, such as the one the Chipley and Vernon students participated in at the DOT.

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