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MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District, is scheduled to visit the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital Feb. 21, as part of the district’s National Engineers Week outreach program. During the visit, engineers will teach the children how engineers contribute to society, hold an interactive bridge-building activity, and hand out Mardi Gras-themed items.

WHAT: Engineers from the USACE, Mobile District will assist young patients to construct a tabletop bridge with Popsicle sticks and test its structural integrity.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital

1700 Center Street, Mobile, AL 36604

WHY: To build young patients’ interest in science, technology, engineering and science, and to bring the joy of Mardi Gras to hospitalized children who will not be able to participate.

Background: National Engineers Week dates back to 1951. The dates are chosen each year to coincide with the birthday of President George Washington, America’s first engineer. The purpose of the week is to celebrate the contributions engineers make to society. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize to America’s youth the importance of learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.

All media interested in attending must contact the USACE Mobile Public Affairs Office no later than noon Friday. Only those who RSVP will have access to the event.

For more information, or to RSVP for this event, please contact the USACE Mobile Public Affairs Office no later than noon Friday at (251) 690-3320 or (251) 690-2505 or lisa.m.hunter@usace.army.mil.

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