Firm helps students explore STEM

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BRATTLEBORO — A local architecture and engineering firm is doing its part to work with area schools and help groom the next generation of highly-skilled professionals.

The Brattleboro Union High School and Windham Regional Career Center STEM Academy offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to extend their learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics beyond the traditional classroom. Field trips, guest speakers, and group projects allow interested students to learn about STEM careers, build connections, and develop skills. In the classroom, students take a variety of courses including a concentration in either biomedicine or engineering.

Recently the students from the STEM Academy visited the design studios of Stevens & Associates (S&A) in Brattleboro and connected with professionals in the areas of architecture, civil and structural engineering, and landscape architecture. Students met with numerous staff members, learned about their individual career paths, and discussed the newly constructed Snow Block Apartments project located on Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

"S&A has continued to support our program by encouraging students to explore various careers within architecture and engineering, sharing the importance these professions have within our communities, and offering opportunities for students to join them in their office and on active project sites," said BUHS science teacher Dan Braden in a news release.

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After the field trip, students took time to write reflections about what they learned. Feedback from one student included, "I really liked how welcoming all the Stevens and Associates employees were. It was interesting to hear how the architects and engineers worked together on a large-scale project like the Snow Block. I appreciated how willing they were to take a break and

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explain not only their job but how they got to Stevens and Associates. That was really helpful as a high schooler starting to plan for further education."

Another student wrote, "This trip has most definitely changed the way I look at Brattleboro ... I had no idea that brick and even the amount of windows were that crucial to a building. I was very impressed with the organization and passion of Stevens & Associates."

S&A welcomes the opportunity to support local STEM programs by providing students with an introduction to careers in architecture and engineering and demonstrating the impact responsible design can have on

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communities. Cory Frehsee, PE and Principal for S&A commented, "It is awesome to be in a community where we can have partnerships like this and provide value to the next generation of potential designers!"

Stevens & Associates is an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the design and development of livable communities.

For more information, visit stevens-assoc.com or call 802-257-9329. Contact Betsey Brackett at bbrackett@stevens-assoc.com if you would like to inquire about the S&A Career Shadowing Program or discuss how S&A can support a local school STEM program.


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