Girl Scouts Gear Up for a Day of STEM Activities with LBJ Express
On June 20 approximately 50 troop members from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) enjoyed a full day of hands-on STEM learning and a chance to meet with notable D/FW women engineers, thanks to LBJ Express, the group leading the LBJ construction project.
The troop members were given an opportunity to tour the LBJ Traffic Management Center, safely operate a crane and navigate a short obstacle course. The troop members also visited a portion of the project to see excavation work and speak to engineers about the project.
In addition to the field trip, the GSNETX’s Cookie Box Creations winners joined architects and engineers to create a replica of a portion of the LBJ Freeway in the LBJ Express office. Cookie Box Creations is a contest that teams girls with women architects and engineers to design and build empty cookie boxes into free-standing structures.
“It is important that LBJ Express provides opportunities to showcase some of the careers associated on this project,” said Dia Kuykendall, director of corporate affairs at LBJ Infrastructure Group. “We want to demonstrate that careers in construction and development are rewarding, diverse, and offer an opportunity for women to lead and be successful.”
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force, yet women make up only eight percent of engineers and 18 percent of engineering technicians. Both groups hope that opportunities like these will increase figures by giving young girls a first-hand glimpse into the world of technology and engineering.
“We are so grateful to the LBJ Express office for inviting Girl Scouts to participate in this learning experience,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “It is opportunities like this that open young girls’ minds to future careers in STEM, which are in great demand.”
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National Math and Science Initiative and AP Strategies, Inc.
The companies that comprise the LBJ Express project understand that ensuring that a robust pipeline of highly skilled personnel with backgrounds in math and science is essential to the success of our project and our industry.
The LBJ Express project management team has identified science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as a top priority for corporate social responsibility initiatives. Specifically, we seek opportunities to enhance STEM education at the local level in Texas, directly impacting the lives of thousands of students in the communities in which we operate and serve. In May, the project team are announcing a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and AP Strategies (APS) to expand Advanced Placement math and science programs in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, which is located in the heart of the LBJ Express project.
Based in Dallas, NMSI and APS are nationally recognized for their work in expanding enrollment and student achievement in the critical fields of AP math and science through intensive teacher training, open enrollment and incentives for students and teachers. (For more information, please visit (www.nms.org).
LBJ Express Project Grant – Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG), in collaboration with its project partners, is supporting the implementation of an AP Training and Incentive Program at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton. The program will launch in fall 2011 and will impact approximately 1,900 students.
Specifically, the grant will support the following over the next five years:
- Intensive teacher training sessions
- Vertical alignment of teachers/”lead” teachers to coach less experienced AP and pre-AP teachers
- More time on tasks for students; Saturday prep sessions
- Financial incentives for teachers and students based on academic performance.
National Math + Science Initiative and Advanced Placement Strategies
The LBJ Express companies, LBJ Infrastructure Group and Trinity Infrastructure, support the National Math and Science Initiative and APS Strategies. The company is committed to helping students excel in Math and Science and investing in Texas' future workforce.