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Engineering as spring break imagination

Tru Grit engineers taught children at the Boys and Girls Club that imagination has its place in mathematics and science as part of spring break programming.
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Tru Grit engineers explored the imagination behind science and mathematics with the children of the Boys and Girls Club on Thursday.

THUNDER BAY -- Children may not yet understand what engineers do but they can learn how imagination underlies the exploration and problem-solving worlds of mathematics and science. 

The engineering firm Tru Grit spent a day over spring break with the Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, teaching propulsion, mechanics and the processes involved in clean water. .

"I think it just gets them interested in science and math and troubleshooting and problem-solving. That's what a lot of engineers do is just problem-solve and that's a big part of consulting is problem-solving," said Tru Grit air and noise specialist Casey Ladouceur. 

"For the little guys, they don't fully understand. The older kids are starting to understand, 'I need a wider wheel base.That's what's going to help this car go.' They're starting to look at different options of how to make that work and not just giving them the answer but asking them questions like, 'how will that make it work? How can you make it better?"

The promotion was one of a week's worth of activities the Boys and Girls Club led over the week including movies, swimming and on Friday, St. Patrick's Day celebration.

"I really loved it because it was really fun," said Isabella Leduc. "You got to make cars with your own way of how it can turn, move. I made mine where it can flip and it still has another set of wheels. They're really cool."

"I really like the engineering of the cars," said Isabella's brother Ethan. I've never studied inertia or weight distribution to the cars. I thought that was really fun."