Written By: Joanna Opena
Question: What do you get when you put industry professionals – architects, engineers, contractors, local plan reviewers, and a retired building inspector – in a room together on a beautiful Saturday morning in Las Vegas? Answer: Judges for a CAD/Hand Drafting Competition for high school students, of course!
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Las Vegas Chapter #74 held their annual local level CAD/Hand Drafting Competition for high school students. Because we know how much our Las Vegas YMF members love redlining plans, a few members volunteered their time to be judges for 4 hours. This year’s design problem was a new free-standing building that shall meet the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and would be home to a dental clinic located between a residential neighborhood and commercial district. The volunteers judged about 80 high school junior and senior submittals. Each plan set required a design narrative statement, site plan, floor plan, electrical plan, exterior elevations, building section, and 2 optional drawings from a selected list.
The level of detail, cleanliness of the plans, and creativity of these young bright minds was outstanding. These students work all year long on this project and their hard work is reflective on their plans. First time and seasoned judges were blown away as usual – As one volunteer judge mentioned, it’s the reason I keep coming back each year. As industry professionals moving up in our careers, it’s nice to remember our drafting grassroots every once in a while and the integral role it plays in converting our designs into technical drawings and documents.
For those interested in learning more about NAWIC and other volunteer opportunities please visit the Las Vegas Chapter #74 website http://lasvegasnawic.org/about-nawic/.
Written By: Mae Javier
It’s back to school for Las Vegas YMF—back to Ruth Fyfe Elementary School! Las Vegas YMF collaborated with NSPE to once again participate in the Ruth Fyfe Elementary School Math/Science/Literary Night where students and their parents could enjoy different types of educational activities. The night kicked off with a Dream BIG video showing what engineering is about. After the exciting video, the attendees dispersed to different stations. Las Vegas YMF offered three stations: toothpick tower/bridge building, foil boats, and Pop Fly. In the Toothpick bridge building station, students were able to build a tower and/or bridge using toothpicks and marshmallows. There was also a neat challenge where students could build a bridge over a ~12” gap to connect the two tables. The foil boat activity was taken from the Dream Big website, and it was a great way to teach the students buoyancy and weight distribution. Students were able to build their boats out of pre-cut aluminum foil and their boats were tested by the number of pennies it can hold.
The designs the students came up with were interesting, and it was fascinating that they knew instinctively to distribute the weight the weight of the pennies throughout their boats. The third station featured one of the activities of NSPE Stem Outreach—Pop Fly. In this station, students were able to learn about levers by building a ping pong launcher out of paint stirrers, duct tape, and wooden spool. Overall, it was a very fun event and very rewarding to see the smile in the students’ faces as they participate in these educational activities. Las Vegas YMF is looking forward to participate again next year and inspire future engineers!
Written By: Mae Javier
Las Vegas YMF volunteered once again at Las Vegas Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization that feeds, shelters, and serves hundreds of community members in the valley. LV YMF helped with the 4:30 community dinner that was open to the public and served over 500 meals. The volunteers were involved in included preparing the tray of food tray, handing out the meals, washing trays, and manning the floor to make sure that the guests have what they needed. It was once again a humbling experience to serve fellow community members and see the gratitude in their eyes as they received their meals. At the same time, it was disheartening to see children among the people which reminded us the importance of giving back to the community, even if it’s just time. Overall, LV YMF volunteers were happy to contribute part of their weekend for such a good cause and were grateful for this opportunity to help our fellow community members.
For more information about LV Rescue Mission, please visit http://www.vegasrescue.org/.