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Garver engineers assist local STEM students
Overland Park, KS
03/29/2017 03:35 PM
Garver engineers assist local STEM students

OVERLAND PARK — March 29, 2017 — Area high school students have taken another step in their STEM development thanks to engineers from two Garver offices. Partnering with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), one of the nation’s largest providers of STEM programs, Garver worked with students from Blue Valley Southwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas, to supply them with first-hand knowledge of potential engineering careers.

Garver engineers hosted students on field trips to its Overland Park office, and then assisted them in model bridge building and in developing innovative classroom design ideas. Blake Blakemore, a senior project manager, and engineers Rachel Henkhaus, Ruili He, and Derek Butler, all of the Kansas City, Missouri, office, helped students prepare for the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers model bridge building competition. Then, Jennifer Russell, a senior project manager in the Overland Park office, helped students re-engineer their classroom space to fit the needs of each student who used the room, while considering existing furniture and a vision for future classes. Students then used their CAD knowledge to come up with a new space based on those three elements.

“Garver has really offered a unique experience for our kids,” said Cody Parks, A&E Design class teacher at Blue Valley Southwest. “They helped us work through real world projects as well as the KSPE bridge building contest. The experience the kids received was priceless. They really got to see how an engineer approaches and solves problems. It really helps some students solidify their career path in engineering.”


About Garver

Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas. With over 400 employees spread between 21 offices in 10 states—including two in the Kansas City metro area —Garver offers a wide range of services with a focus on aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, power, transportation, survey, and water projects. Engineering News-Record lists Garver on its prestigious Top 500 Design Firms list, while Zweig Group consistently names Garver a Best Firm to Work For. Garver will reach its 100th year of doing business in 2019. For more information, visit

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