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Students 'K'nect' with engineering

March 03, 2009

BOONSBORO - It was quite a week for the fifth-grade students in Ann Anders' enrichment classes as Keith Juedemann, engineering manager with Canam Steel Corp., helped the youngsters erect an arch bridge model.

Over a five-day period, Juedemann worked with the students, guiding them in the proper engineering techniques to ensure they came to understand the vital role of stability and strength in such structures as bridge trusses.

Juedemann, who works out of the Point of Rocks, Md., plant, began his efforts by explaining basic engineering techniques to the students.

"The intent is long-term," Juedemann said.

He and the students worked through the week building models using K'nex kits, which were left with the school for future uses.

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Though many people don't look at engineering as a glamorous profession, Juedemann said it often is.

"I was amazed at how well-received this project was and we hope to keep it going," he said.

The event was part of National Engineers Week, which is meant to raise awareness and appreciation of the contributions engineers make to society.

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