KCPT and Black & Veatch kicked off year four of the mentoring program for area students at an August 5 luncheon attended by Black & Veatch’s Global Learning & Development Leader, Mike Kelly; KCPT’ Director of Education Gary Brock; and 38 Black & Veatch engineers.
The mentoring program places engineers in classrooms to connect students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning. Two Black & Veatch engineers will visit classrooms in Kansas City, Kansas, Hickman Mills and Kansas City, Missouri once a week. The six-week curriculum focuses on water treatment and renewable and non-renewable energy. Each student will perform an energy audit in their home and study the results during the program.
Casey Klapmeyer, Associate Superintendent from the Hickman Mills School District, said earlier this year that working with KCPT and Black & Veatch had been a rewarding experience, one that the district could not have accomplished without the support of the program. Last year, 5th graders from Dobbs and Burke elementary buildings in the district worked with Black & Veatch engineers, who led projects from constructing model buildings to creating a circuit with only wire, a bulb, a battery and a switch. After the six-week program, a-post assessment showed a 47% increase in students’ knowledge of the subjects presented.