The Girl Scouts of Colorado have developed a STEM program in which high school girls apply to participate in a workshop series on different fields of engineering. WTS Colorado’s Transportation YOU effort supported their first session by putting together an interactive program on transportation engineering and planning. After a presentation on different careers in transportation as well as an overview of the RTD FasTracks program, the girls broke into two groups to complete their own mini transportation project. Using plans and the equipment supplied, the girls located a buried utility line in a bucket of sand. They had to build a pile-driven wall to retain the mini I-225 roadway to relocate the line and make room for new light-rail tracks. It was a fun and successful event.
WTS Colorado’s Transportation YOU program has also partnered with the Denver School of Science and Technology to support their high school junior level internship program. Five young women have been placed with WTS mentors at transportation firms and agencies in Denver. The internship is a 10-week program where the students put in a total of 80 hours working with the mentor on a project they can present back to their peers. Their Transportation YOU program is supporting this internship by hosting a kick-off meeting, a group tour of Denver Union Station construction, a final “graduation” meeting, and providing mentoring discussion topics throughout the trimester. Two of their student-mentor pairs will be attending the WTS DC Youth Summit in March!
To learn more about WTS Colorado’s Transportation YOU program, email Nyssa.Beach@jacobs.com.