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POWER Camp

by Cindy on August 5, 2015

I had the opportunity recently to respond to a community need. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) offers summer camps to high school students to get them thinking about college and declaring a major. One of the programs they offer is called POWER (Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles).  One of the places POWER was touring this year was a project Schneider Geomatics had worked on.  Our client asked me and two female mechanical engineers to come and speak to these young ladies.
 
This year the group consisted on 51 high school girls; and 50% of these girls were from out of state.  The counselors for this program were college students majoring in engineering through IUPUI. 
 
The program for the afternoon consisted of us speaking with the girls and telling them a little bit about ourselves, our role in the project and how we got involved in our profession. This was followed by a very unique tour. We got the behind the scene tour of the hospital, which included an underground utility tunnel, the chiller boiler plant, backup generators, sky farm, and mechanical rooms. 
 
We talked about some of the hurdles of the project and how, even with challenges, the project needed to stay on time and on budget.  One of the main keys discussed was how, in our jobs, we must be problem-solvers. You have to be constantly thinking and when a problem arises you need to find a solution. Sometimes that solution takes more time and you have to find other places in the project to regain the time, and sometimes the cost. 
 
One of my favorite parts of the tour was the Sky farm. A 5,000 square foot of open space for a produce and flower garden.  The view of the city from this was magnificent.  It is a nice area for the staff and patients to go enjoy some fresh air - and it serves a purpose with the produce that is raised. It was great to spend the afternoon with these young women, but more importantly it is valuable for us to give back and educate the youth about our careers. 
 
Being that Schneider Geomatics is a WBE (women’s business enterprise), I found that this was a very important service to pass on and show firsthand what can be accomplished through land surveying and the passion we women have for it. I can only hope that the spark grows and takes hold of a few of these women.