360 Engineering in the Community: DPS CareerConnect

Last week, some of our engineers had the pleasure of working with 9th-grade students at Denver Public Schools’ East High School in their 95-minute Introduction to Engineering class.  It turned out to be a great learning experience for the students and us!  Our first class was a success, but we’re looking forward to honing-in our demonstrations for the next one.


Through school-based and work-based learning, the CareerConnect program, “… gives DPS students early exposure to thousands of career options as they learn more about their own passions and interests.”  The Xplore Industry track provides students with their first look into specific career opportunities.  We were able to give these freshmen an inside look into the career of mechanical engineering consulting and design.


Our engineers began class with a brief introduction to 360 Engineering, HVAC, heat transfer types, load calculations, and equipment selection.  Next, we provided a more interactive experience with two breakout sessions; how air handing equipment works and the benefits of energy modeling.  For each breakout, we had demonstrations and handouts to keep things fun and interesting.  These smaller groups also gave the students a chance to participate and ask questions.  Finally, we ended with a quick Q&A session.

We want to thank East High School Engineering Teacher, Diego Bonta, and DPS CareerConnect’s Regional Coordinator, Courtney Ward, for integrating 360 Engineering into the program.  If you’re interested in participating or learning more about CareerConnect; email careerandcollegesuccess@dpsk12.org