Engineering Lunch and Learn

Engineering Lunch and Learn
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Last month, Ms. KyAnn Anderson and several engineers from the Kleinfelder Architecture firm held an information session for our VL scholars. The lunch and learn was an opportunity for students to hear about the Alewife Sewer Separation project taking place around the school and also to expose them to professions in engineering and resource management.

The engineers brought engineering plans, street maps, and a PowerPoint presentation that described the details of the project as well as the impetus for the work. They also talked about the kinds of careers that are connected to such a large scale project. The city is under a court order, as part of the Boston Harbor cleanup case, to complete sewer separation in the area, so as to improve the water quality that mixes into the local waterways. 

According to the engineers, the work "includes tree plantings and street and sidewalk reconstruction which will continue through the fall of 2016. When the projects are completed, there will be new streets and accessible sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian improvements, over 300 additional street trees, and no combined sewer overflows from the neighborhood to the Alewife Brook." 

Eighth grade scholar Thomas Nguyen noted that "it was interesting, but I still wanted to know more about why the city had to do all this work."  Seventh grader Ishmael Sharif, noted that "the maps were cool, and I'm interested in a career in engineering and geology and all that."


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