Since 2013, Moore Engineering has participated in the Educators in Industry Program. The program places K-12 teachers in a corporate environment for four weeks during their highly-valued summer days. It’s all an effort to strengthen educators’ curriculum and support them in delivering a meaningful approach to engineering and STEM-related education.
As an organization highly vested and interested in the communities we serve, Moore Engineering welcomes one or two educators each year, diligently scheduling their time with key personnel in each of our departments. Educators are given a chance to run survey equipment, travel to project sites and learn the ins and outs of what a civil engineer does – and doesn’t do – on a daily basis.
This year, LaRae Rosenfeldt, a health and family and consumer sciences (FACS) teacher at Liberty Middle School and Sheyenne High School, provided a reflection on her experience. Here’s what she had to say:
“I want to organize my class into mini engineering projects. I wanted to see how real engineering projects are organized so that I can mimic it in the classroom. The emphasis is communication, and I want to make sure the class is writing and speaking.
“At Moore, a project manager shared a program of work and a design document report – a document written by the engineer containing details of the work. I will incorporate a classroom version of these documents for students to use in their projects. Then, instead of a post-project reflection, students will write a design document report to tell me what they learned.
Finally, we will post a mission statement and values in the classroom and refer to them often.”
In closing, LaRae said the experience was rewarding and she gained a great respect for water, sewer, streets and maps!
Her favorite phrase heard often at Moore: “That’s getting too far into the weeds!”