MAR 13, 2012: Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT) recently completed its sixth year providing local leadership for Engineer in the Classroom (EIC), a program that introduces engineering to 5th grade students. During this time, the firm’s engineer’s have also served as in-class moderators, working directly with students during the eight-week program that culminates in a competition of engineering ingenuity. All of CMT’s employees are encouraged to volunteer in their community and EIC gives them the opportunity to promote their profession while providing service.
The Sangamon County EIC held their annual competition in late February of this year. Teams of students demonstrated the Rube Goldberg devices they had designed and constructed. Each team was assisted in their efforts by two engineers from area firms who had volunteered their time to assist in the classroom. The two winning teams went on to a regional competition held at the University of Illinois at Champaign in March.
By learning the principles and merits of engineering in a hands-on environment, the young people who participate in the EIC programs will develop an appreciation of the discipline that will help to ensure a bright future for the profession.
“We have 12 to 15 classrooms each year in Sangamon County so in six years of operating, we have probably worked with over 1,500 elementary students,” said Allen Oertel of CMT.
Oertel is currently serving as the Sangamon County Coordinator for EIC, having taken over the rein’s from CMT’s Emil Cook, who retired last year. Cook had served as the coordinator for the previous five years. This changing of the guard demonstrates the firm’s continued commitment to the program, and to the community.