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Imagine designing a state-of-the-art high school, planning the construction of a new football stadium, transforming the designs for a concert hall into a real building – while you're still in high school!
In your dreams? Not anymore. Thanks to the ACE Mentor Program (ACE), thousands of high school students around the country are designing real-life projects under the direction of some of the nation’s top engineering and design professionals.
ACE is an after-school program that gives you a hands-on introduction to architecture, construction management and engineering – careers you may consider if you're interested in designing and/or building just about everything around you, from schools, stadiums and concert halls to bridges, tunnels, shopping malls, parks and more.
The program matches you with ACE professionals, or mentors, who volunteer their time and energy. They show you where and how they work, the skills they use and some of their projects under construction. They also help you design an actual project.
HOW IT WORKS
You're assigned to a team of 15 to 20 students. Mentors from participating companies adopt your team for the school year, meeting with you about 15 times a year for two hours, after school. They show you how designers and builders think and work. They take you on behind-the-scenes office tours and field trips to construction sites. And then there's the design project.
THE DESIGN PROJECT: YOUR ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
Under your mentor's guidance, your team develops an actual engineering or architectural design project. You learn and apply important skills such as problem solving and drawing to design a real-life school, bridge, park – whatever your team agrees on. Then, in the final big event of the season, you and your team present your project to your teachers, parents and fellow students.
There is no cost to students for participating in the program – it just requires some time – time learning how your mentors think and what they do, time working with your team on your project, time preparing for your future.
WHEN DOES ACE MEET?
Typically, ACE meets one day every other week for 2 hours after school from October through May. Some ACE groups meet one day per week from October through February.
Apply online at www.acementor.org!
Questions? Contact Us.
Maria A. Loitz, CPSM
President, ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut
t: (860) 286-9171
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