Undergraduate engineering students empowering the next generation

April 20, 2021 - by Rachel Whitt

From the UNM Newsroom:

"Two undergraduate students at The University of New Mexico are hoping to pass their excitement for water and scientific discovery on to the next generation.

Taylor Busch (a senior) and Derek Capitan (a junior) are students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the UNM School of Engineering. When the pandemic closed down school classrooms in 2020, the two saw an opportunity to partner with Explora! in bringing hands-on learning to kids affected by virtual classrooms.

Both students work with the UNM Center for Water and the Environment (CWE); and part of the Center’s mission to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions. With that in mind, Busch and Capitan innovated Water Mania! – a three-day class giving middle and high schoolers the chance to experience hands-on water treatment and resource research."

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