Girl Scouts meet up for day of STEM activities with LBJ Express

07 Jul 2014


LBJ Express

(Retrieved from http://starlocalmedia.com)

Last week, approximately 50 troop members from Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) enjoyed a full day of hands-on STEM learning and a chance to meet with notable DFW women engineers, thanks to LBJ Express, the group leading the LBJ construction project.

Described by state transportation leaders as the most comprehensive and complex project of its type in the country, the 13.3-mile LBJ Express project encompasses improvements along I-635/LBJ Freeway and I-35E/Stemmons Freeway.

The troop members were given an opportunity to tour the LBJ Traffic Management Center, safely operate a crane and navigate a short obstacle course. The troop members also visited a portion of the project to see excavation work and speak to engineers about the project.

In addition to the field trip, the GSNETX’s Cookie Box Creations winners joined architects and engineers to create a replica of a portion of the LBJ Freeway in the LBJ Express office. Cookie Box Creations is a contest that teams girls with women architects and engineers to design and build empty cookie boxes into free-standing structures.

“It is important that LBJ Express provides opportunities to showcase some of the careers associated on this project,” said Dia Kuykendall, director of corporate affairs at LBJ Infrastructure Group. “We want to demonstrate that careers in construction and development are rewarding, diverse, and offer an opportunity for women to lead and be successful.”

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force, yet women make up only eight percent of engineers and 18 percent of engineering technicians. Both groups hope that opportunities like these will increase figures by giving young girls a first-hand glimpse into the world of technology and engineering.

“We are so grateful to the LBJ Express office for inviting Girl Scouts to participate in this learning experience,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “It is opportunities like this that open young girls’ minds to future careers in STEM, which are in great demand.”

LBJ Infrastructure Group (LBJIG) is led by Cintra US, a world leader in private-sector development of transportation infrastructure, and Meridiam Infrastructure, a global public-private partnership investor and developer of public facilities. LBJIG also includes the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The contractor for the project is Trinity Infrastructure, a collaboration between Ferrovial Agroman and Texas-based Webber. The LBJIG firms together employ more than 2,000 Texans and will integrate more than 100 other Texas companies and their employees into the project.

Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves over 33,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.