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Empowering the next generation: the importance of STEAM in schools

Louisville District
Published Sept. 26, 2023
Col. L. Reyn Mann speaks with senior engineering students at University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School

Col. L. Reyn Mann speaks with senior engineering students about USACE's history and future at University of Louisville's J.B. Speed School of Engineering Sept. 26, 2023, Louisville, Kentucky.

In today's rapidly advancing world, it has become increasingly important for students to develop a diverse set of skills. Among these skills, those encompassed in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program have taken center stage. In an era where innovation and creativity drive progress, integrating STEAM education into schools has become vital to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District’s Col. L. Reyn Mann, was given the opportunity to speak with over 600 students, ranging from 6-12th grade, in the Virtual Youth Science Summit hosted by the Kentucky Science Center. Mann engaged with the students by not only telling her story but sharing the story of USACE and the tough challenges our projects face every day. She urged students to look around them and realize how much our lives are impacted by engineering solutions. 

“STEM and engineering are so important and it’s all around us,” said Mann. “Every bridge that you cross, every building that you’re in, every dam that you see along with every levee and lock. When you look around, STEM is all around you and we need you.”  

There is no doubt of the significance of the STEAM program and its impact on shaping future leaders.

Mann and a few of Louisville District’s engineering leaders made their way to University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering for another STEM event Sept. 26. By explaining the mission of USACE and its history, it is a goal to one day be the place they want to share their fresh perspectives, innovative ideas and technical skills, USACE leaders said.  

USACE will continue to champion initiatives that prioritize STEAM education, ensuring that young learners are prepared to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

“I joined the Army to see the world, I became an engineer to change it,” said Mann.

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