For the third year in a row, Parsons engineers from the New York office took part in the Roebling Museum’s annual Emily Roebling STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Camp from August 6 – 10, 2018, in Roebling, NJ. The camp introduces students in grades 5 through 8 to engineering concepts and provides an opportunity to work directly with STEAM professionals.
Tom Spoth, Parsons Fellows Board Member and National Bridge Practice Lead, and Nicole Melendez, Senior Project Engineer, created and led activities that brought the foundry process to life, including the use of wood patterns to make molds with local sand and making cable socket casts using plaster of Paris.
The camp is named after Emily Warren Roebling, who played a critical role in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and is often referred to as the first-ever female field engineer. The John A. Roebling’s Sons Company was a well-known bridge building company, and former employee Blair Birdsall was Chief Bridge Engineer and his assistant was Jack Nixon. When Roebling closed in the 1970s, Blair joined a company called Steinman, which became Steinman, Boynton, Gronquist and Birdsall. Jack came over to that firm, and Tom Spoth joined them in 1984 as a new graduate. Parsons acquired Steinman in 1989.
Parsons has worked closely with the Roebling Museum and has participated in numerous events, including presenting Parsons projects at the museum’s lecture series and highlighting the work Parsons has done on the renowned Brooklyn Bridge as well as modern structures such as the recently opened Goethals Bridge. In addition, Parsons has donated bridge artifacts for permanent display at the museum.