Thousands of children and families gathered on March 2 at San Diego's Petco Park for EXPO Day, which promotes STEM education through fun and hands-on learning activities. The event also kicks off the annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering.
LPA San Diego volunteers, joined by students from Monarch School's elementary STEAM club, organized a tower building competition to explore architecture and engineering to inspire the next generation of innovators. Teams had just a few minutes to design and build towers made of blocks that were then seismically tested on a shake table. The winner was the team with the longest-standing tower.
"It's a unique opportunity to share what we do every day in our profession," says Daniel Moskop, design director at LPA and committee chair of LPA Foundation. "Our integrated team of designers is the embodiment of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in the professional world, and we're thrilled to be able to spark this passion in today's students."
The volunteer opportunity was sponsored through LPA Foundation, which organizes charitable giving with a mission to advance integrated design through research, education and sustainability.