Roger Wozny, P.E., LEED AP, attended the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Omaha Post Student Mentoring Award Program to present Schemmer’s sponsored Award of Distinction to the St. Columbkille Middle School winning team. The team’s project, Operation Stars & Stripes Memorial & Playground envisions a veteran’s memorial and play area at the Strategic Air Command Museum. The team proposed a project to develop an area that could be used as a space to reflect while also serving as a hands-on experience for all ages. It will accommodate a creative design, capturing the military theme for the playground, an open space for weekly activities, and a statue or plaque to honor military veterans surrounded by a garden and/or water feature. The St. Columbkille team believes the memorial park would help enhance the community. The St. Columbkille team was one of the 33 teams that competed this year.
SAME’s Student Mentoring Program (SMP), which celebrated its 20th year, has involved over 6,000 middle and high school students. It is designed to stimulate secondary school student’s interest and excitement in engineering, architecture and related sciences. SMP is a critical thinking program that challenges students to solve real-world problems in the community. SAME and the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) provides teachers and students in the program with mentors from engineering/architectural fields, guidelines, teacher/student workshops, and an authentic audience for the demonstration of student solutions. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, team work, sustainable design, presentation skills, use of graphic materials, model development, cost estimating, and creative, persuasive and technical writing are all promoted in the SMP experience.