Partner Profile: Students Take on the Fluor Engineering Challenge; 10 Win Grants
Each year, Fluor and its employees participate in a variety of programs during Engineers Week, including the Friendly Competition. As part of Fluor's ongoing celebration, students around the world were invited to participate in the Fluor Engineering Challenge, developed in partnership with Science Buddies, an award-winning, web-based education nonprofit. "Phil it Up," the 2016 Fluor Friendly Competition designed by Manila's Team Wanbu, was adapted for the Fluor Engineering Challenge as an engaging experience for students.
"The Fluor Engineering Challenge is one of my favorite events to work on every year because of the clear and immediate impact it has on students," said Sandra Slutz, director of Science for Science Buddies. "This year's feedback from teachers and students has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic, with many describing the experience as both challenging and fun. To me, that is the highest of praise! The Challenge stretches the students to work on a novel problem that is just outside of their every-day comfort zone – it expands their horizons. Yet, they have fun doing it and, in the end, feel proud of their success and have a positive view of themselves as engineers and problem solvers."
The 2017 Fluor Engineering Challenge received more than 1,040 submissions, a 71 percent increase from last year, with more than 3,000 students participating from 11 different countries. Kindergarten through 12th grade students who completed the challenge and submitted results were entered into a random drawing to win one of 10 $1,000 grants for their qualifying community organizations or schools.
This year's grant winners are:
- Southwest Glen Mission, Sugar Land, Texas
- Sevier Middle School, Greenville, South Carolina
- Kennedy High School, La Palma, California
- Chinook Council Scouts, Calgary, Alberta
- Los Alisos Intermediate, Mission Viejo, California
- YBH of Passaic, Passaic, New Jersey
- Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, Edison, New Jersey
- Ecole Victoria-Albert School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Muntinlupa, Philippines
- Wisdom College, Brisbane, Australia
"We are dedicated to raising awareness about the engineering profession, and the Fluor Engineering Challenge allows students to get a glimpse of that world," said Torrence Robinson, senior director, Community & Public Affairs. "Thanks to our continued partnership with Science Buddies, we're able to share this fun and engaging program with students around the globe."