TCA has announced that Peak Engineering, World of Concrete, and Northglenn High School will be educational partners for the 2016 International Tilt-Up Convention and Expo in Denver, Colo., Oct. 10-12, 2016.
Each year, the TCA annual convention brings together contractors, developers, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, educators, and students who share an interest in the tilt-up concrete construction industry. “Thanks to the support of Peak Engineering and World of Concrete, the TCA is able to introduce the tilt-up building system to approximately 100 POE [Principles of Engineering] students from Northglenn High School,” said Lindsey Bloomquist, TCA’s manager of communications and networking. “The student’s involvement plays a vital role as we continue to increase awareness of career opportunities in the industry.”
“World of Concrete is again pleased to support the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s education program,” said Jackie James, director of World of Concrete’s Global Exhibitions. “Providing education for students, concrete producers, contractors, erectors, designers and architects on this innovative concrete construction application ensures safer, durable, and cost-effective projects.”
The TCA has invited the engineering students to discover the latest products and technology in the industry by attending Tilt-Up 101 sessions and networking with industry-leading professionals.
“Northglenn High's STEM engineering students are incredibly excited to be part of the Tilt-Up Concrete Convention,” said Nick Kosovich, STEM Coordinator. “In their first year of engineering, they used CAD software to design and reverse engineer products. The second year class, PLTW Principles of Engineering, is a hands-on class where they will work with trusses, electronics, programming, and support systems,” said Kosovich. “This experience will be invaluable to their continued engineering education!”
Northglenn engineering teachers use the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program to educate each student. PLTW Engineering applies engineering, science, math, and technology to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real-world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the right answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation. PLTW students strongly believe that the program influenced their post-secondary decisions and helped shape their future.
For more information on the 2016 Tilt-Up Concrete Convention, please visit www.tilt-up.org/events/2016-tca-convention.