As part of the NTH Volunteer Time Off Program (VTO), Anastasia Matta, staff engineer, participated in the “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” event at Michigan State University. This event brings together female students, grades 4 through 8, from schools around the state to participate in various engineering activities. Anastasia participated with Dr. Matta’s team on the “Watershed Recovery” event.This was the 6th year the team has held this event, and Anastasia’s 6th time participating in this event.
The event objective of the “Watershed Recovery” event is for participants to reinforce a model riverbank to prevent erosion and flooding along the riverbank and protect nearby houses during a rain event. Participants used various tools, such as popsicle sticks, burlap, rubber “tires”, rocks, and trees, to support the riverbanks. Once the participants finished reinforcing their model riverbanks, their work was tested with a “rain event” - pouring a liter of water to test their design.
This event has been popular with participants year after year, and this year was no different. This event gives the participants the opportunity to get their hands dirty and have fun, all while learning a little about what engineers can do to help protect the environment and those who live around it!
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