SCI Engineering’s Construction Materials Testing Team was excited to host campers from the Society of American Military Engineers STEM Camp at our O’Fallon, Illinois office this summer. Lead by SCI’s field manager, Mike Lajoye, this was our third year partnering with the STEM Camp to provide campers a hands-on experience learning about aggregate base and how a slump tests indicate concrete’s ability to flow.
The campers divided into four groups where they were challenged to work as teams to create their own mix design for concrete. After properly measuring, weighing and mixing the concrete, campers tested their mix using the slump test. Based on the results, campers determined their concrete’s ability to flow before casting two 6×12 cylinders. These cylinders stayed at our lab to cure for 4 days until the campers returned to test out their mix. The campers worked with our Construction Services group to test each team’s concrete mix by breaking their cylinders to determine who had the strongest mix
SCI looks forward to hosting this camp each summer to help provide future engineers real-world, hands-on training.