Weston Elementary School second graders are currently learning about bridges and wanted real life experience from an engineer. Using videoconferencing, Derek Putz of J3 Engineering Group helped answer questions the second graders had about bridges such as types of bridges, materials bridges are made of, time it takes to build a bridge, and what Derek does as an engineer. There was never a dull moment as the students were very enthusiastic, eager, and amazed as Derek revealed pictures of bridges, bridge components, and drew sketches to demonstrate concepts. Some of the students are even inspired to become future engineers.
Prior to working at J3 Engineering Group, Derek worked for a year at a bridge contractor, helping engineer the Badger Interchange Bridge and bridges in Oshkosh and Appleton. His engineering experience led him to taking on new types of projects with J3. This was a great opportunity to provide real world experience and educate young generations on what it is like to work in an engineering career. The students now have a better understanding of bridges and how they are engineered as well as someone to inspire them.