WIESBADEN, Germany - More than 40 students from Wiesbaden middle and high schools participated in this year's Engineers Week events, hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District.

During Engineers Week, engineers and architects around the district volunteered to help students interested in math and science realize where their interests can lead them, as well as spark an interest in other students.

"It's important that students have an outlet for the math and science they are learning," said David Bruce, a geometry teacher with the Wiesbaden Middle School. "One reason to introduce students to engineering fundamentals early in the academic lives is so they can understand where their passion for math and science can take them in the real world and make them more marketable."

Some of that interaction came in the form of presentations on the practical applications of geometry in architecture.

"Engineering and architecture are exciting fields," said Brian Ballweg, an architect with the district, who gave a presentation to the students. "There are few fields where what you design can be a concept one day, and part of a skyline the next."

The San Francisco Bridge, the Taj Mahal, and Tian'anmen Square were just a few structures, Ballweg used in his presentation to illustrate how engineer or architect used math to design and build these monumental structures.

"Students sometimes have a hard time understanding why math and science are important, so presentations like these and Engineering Week in general are ways of demonstrating the importance of learning these subjects," said Marelo Maier, a civil engineer intern with the district.

In addition, students toured the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center construction site where they had the opportunity to see firsthand how math and science play an important role in construction.

"Seeing the presentation and having this tour, I'm even more convinced that I what to be a mechanical engineer," said Zachary Cossou, an eighth-grade student at the Wiesbaden middle school. "I really liked going behind the lanes and seeing the mechanics of the automatic reset machine."

It's initiatives such as Engineers Week that will form future innovators, researchers and policymakers, according to President Barack Obama.

"Never has it been more important for America's youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math," he said in February 12 statement. "By helping our students discover the wonder and excitement of engineering, we instill in them a love of learning and expand their curiosity and creativity, which are the heart of innovation."

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