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Science Classes Explore Bridge Designs with City Engineer

Science Classes Explore Bridge Designs with City Engineer

In advance of Engineers Week February 19 – 25, Public Works Engineering staff visited Prairie Creek Intermediate School and provided 5th grade science students in several classrooms with insight into engineering career fields. Students learned that careers in civil engineering include working on bridges, trails, parking structures, roads, and much more.

City Flood Control Program Manager Rob Davis gave students an overview on how Cedar Rapids is exploring the replacement and elevation of the 8th Avenue Bridge, helping students connect their classroom concepts to real world situations. The bridge will be replaced as part of the permanent flood control. Davis illustrated for students how engineers must consider how height, river levels, arches, and architecture contribute to a successful bridge design.

"Any opportunity we have at Creek that allows the students to partner up with community members and businesses is invaluable. It brings their projects to life in a way that's practically impossible to imitate without that connection. Students were thrilled about having this local engineer come in to talk through and help enhance their bridge projects,” says science instructor Cathy Buzynski.

The City’s Engineering Division is responsible for implementing the infrastructure capital improvement program. This would include streets, bridges, sidewalks, trails, sanitary sewers, stormwater improvements, traffic signals, the Flood Control System and Paving for Progress programs

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