Local agencies have all experienced difficulty hiring new engineers and technicians due to a shortage of students entering the field. The Minnesota Local Road Research Board has created a new video and website to spark kids’ interest in civil engineering.
This engaging, animated video targets middle school students and invites them to explore the world of a civil engineer, such as building skyscrapers and tunnels, designing roads, rail and air systems, building transportation systems to get people to work and developing water purification systems. It also highlights the various sub-disciplines within civil engineering, such as transportation, municipal, structures, etc.
A website, becomeacivilengineer.com, offers further information on career opportunities, as well as fun games and activities for kids to get to learn more about engineering.