05/06/2013: For the seventh consecutive year, CMT sponsored the Sangamon County (IL) Engineer in the Classroom (EITC) program in area schools. The program introduces the principles of engineering to fifth grade students through the design and construction of Rube Goldberg devices, or Rubes.
“There are many programs that expose older students to science, technology, engineering and math subjects but there really are no other programs in the entire country like this which introduce these subjects to elementary age students,” said CMT’s Allen Oertel, the EITC coordinator for Sangamon County.
The program places two engineers in each participating classroom for a couple of hours each week during January and February. Using short lectures and hands-on activities, the engineers help the students design and build Rubes – which are constructed from trash and discarded items – that will perform a specific function. Over 300 students from 14 classrooms participated this year.
CMT’s is proud of its involvement with EITC and the employees who volunteer their time. In addition to Oertel, CMT engineers Brian Durall, Sara Gamaledlin, Shane Remmert and Henry Schmitz took part in this year’s program.
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) (www.cmtengr.com) is a consulting engineering firm with over 260 employees. The firm has offices in Springfield, Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Peoria, and Edwardsville, IL; St. Louis and Springfield, MO; Indianapolis, IN; and Columbus, OH. CMT has been in business for over 60 years and provides a wide-range of engineering and project management services for aviation, highways, bridges, water, wastewater, and land development projects.