CFEF Volunteers “Make Day” at Kirkwood Middle School STEM

By on May 6, 2016

“You guys made this day,” Adam Scimone, science teacher at Nipher Middle School in the Kirkwood School District said at a STEM day at the school last Friday. Construction Forum Education Foundation (CFEF) provided half a dozen professionals for the event, including architects, project managers, interior designers, engineers, and a “virtual design” manager.

The event was designed to  expose the school’s 660 students to various professions in the STEM arena in all disciplines.

S.M. Wilson BIM manager Lauren Williams, left, assists as David Jackson, Nipher engineering tech teacher, runs students through an electronic design exercise. 

Scimone credited CFEF director Ed Choklek with his efforts to recruit a wide variety of individuals to the program. Amy Berg, president of S.M. Wilson sent two members of her team — project manager Megan Banks and BIM Manager Lauren Williams.

Williams earned her BS in civil engineering before switching to the construction side of the industry. She was recruited to Wilson to head up their virtual construction department. Banks worked at the National Archives and Records Administration while she earned her bachelors degree in construction management from SIUE. She joined Wilson in 2013,

Adam Scimone said that he is very enthused about the CFEF mentoring initiative. “I have a gifted student who is trying to build a plasma screen,” he cited as an example. “I’d love to connect him with people who really understand circuitry.”

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