The Seattle ACE mentorship program is wrapping up for another year. ACE is a national program with the mission to engage and encourage high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction. The Miller Hull team is one of nine Seattle teams from high schools throughout the entire Puget Sound area (1,300 students total), pairing high school students with building industry professionals to teach them how buildings and spaces are designed, engineered and constructed. Throughout the school year, teams meet about every other week to learn about the design, engineering and construction professions, as well as to work on a common design problem. Groups of students interested in a specific discipline work with industry professionals to get a sense of what they do. Along with learning about a main area of interest, students are also exposed to related fields, for a complete picture of design and construction roles.
This year we have a large mentoring team of 16 professionals working with 21 students. The students are immersed into design problems, construction schedules and budgets at a level of exposure equal to upper-level college courses. The mix of students from different schools and classes gives participants the opportunity to learn from others and to work together much like an actual design and construction team would work on its projects.