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IDOT Engineers Teach PMSA Students Engineering & Design

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Students were recently awarded certificates from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for participating and successfully completing IDOT’s Engineering & Mentoring Academy.

“It was extremely exciting to work with the students and their instructor, Tom Dix,” said Gina Downing, Program Manager for IDOT’s Engineering & Mentoring Academy. “The students were very enthusiastic. They all showed great enthusiasm for math and science.”

During the Engineering and Mentoring Academy students were taught engineering and design by Alan Parayno, an IDOT engineer. The students worked together in groups to build a bridge. Then, students tested the durability, design, and structure of the bridge by adding weight. Students say they learned a lot and had fun doing it.

“Working with IDOT was a lot of fun,” said PMSA Sophomore Edward Fonseca. ”We learned how to build a stable structure and how to distribute weight so that it won’t crack easily. It was about building a stable structure and making everything work. Mr. Parayno, the engineer from IDOT, gave us guidance and really helped us.”

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart congratulated the students for their handwork. Representatives from IDOT thanked the students, and their instructor Tom Dix for allowing them to mentor the students of PMSA. IDOT worked hands on with the students for six weeks.

Below is a slideshow of the activities.

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