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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 & Women’s Hospital, Feb. 20, as part of the district’s National Engineers Week outreach program.  During the visit, engineers will teach the children about the USACE mission, 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:  Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 12:00 a.m. to 1 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 mathematics, 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 this event must contact the USACE Mobile Public Affairs Office to RSVP no later than noon, Feb. 16. Only those who RSVP will have access to the event. For more information or to RSVP please contact the USACE Mobile Public Affairs Office at (251) 690-2505 or