Emagine Your Future Tour
Representatives from the Emagine Your Future program from Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science are traveling throughout the state this spring to encourage middle and high school students to consider a career in engineering. “Engineers and scientists have been and always will be the great problem solvers of their time,” says Dr. Scott Schiff, Professor of Civil Engineering and co-founder of the program.
To show how engineering applies to the real world, Clemson professors lead students through a series of challenges. Students design paddleboats and assess their capabilities; learn about designing, building and programing robots; and learn how to design beams out of nails and strips of foam. The students also hear from current engineering students and faculty about the rigors of an engineering curriculum and what they can do to prepare for college.
The Emagine Your Future tour began at Carver Middle School in Spartanburg on January 18 and moved on to Clemson’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston the following weekend. Each event attracted approximately 250 students, parents and teachers.
The tour will continue to Florence and Darlington counties at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) on February 22, and to Greenville county at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville on April 5.
Engineers are critical to filling the needs of some of the state’s largest employers, such as BMW and Boeing, and in recruiting new business. The Emagine program comes at a time when the state’s economic future is increasingly linked to the growing need for engineering education.
– Susan Schiff
Director of Marketing & Co-Founder of Emagine Your Future