Canyon County youth tour ITD facilities, learn
School is out but learning did not stop for nearly 100 students from Canyon County middle schools who spent two separate days touring ITD Headquarters and District 3 facilities.
The purple-clad group built towers out of dry spaghetti and marshmallows, participated in chemistry, geotechnical and structural demonstrations, and got to watch materials get stretched, snapped and crushed.
The experience was part of a summer camp for youngsters meant to help keep them in school. Many ITD volunteers stepped up to help Northwest Nazarene University, the “Canyon County Keeping the Promise Coalition,” the Federal Highway Administration and the department’s Human Resource Services office with the education outreach.
“ITD staff never fail to seize every opportunity to help students understand how important education is to their future,” said Michelle George, senior human resources specialist and ITD coordinator for the experience.
“Our volunteers are role models that provide students opportunities to see how knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to real-world challenges,” George explained. “The volunteers often report that working with students through the department’s different education outreach experiences is personally fulfilling and sometimes just great fun.”
The ITD Human Resource Services Office and the Canyon County Keeping the Promise Coalition submitted and received an FHWA grant to fund the two-week camp.