Working With Community Schools


As a member of the Society of Military Engineers (SAME), Lindy volunteered as a student mentor for Papillion Junior High. With three STEM teams formed as part of the Papillion LaVista School District HAL (High Ability Learner) program, Lindy met with the students throughout the year to answer questions and assist the teams with design components and final presentations. The year culminated with a competition between all of the SAME teams from the Omaha metro area. The Papillion Junior High teams performed unbelievably as you can see from the article below.

Junior High HAL Engineering Students Compete in the SAME Student Mentoring Program

Six teams of 7th and 8th grade students from Papillion and La Vista Junior High Schools participated in the SAME SMP Competition on March 26th. Each team designed an engineering project and were responsible for a written report and an oral presentation. The teams began their work in September and met each week after school with engineering mentors from several engineering firms to help design the projects.
Two teams were awarded top honors at the competition with a plaque and $500 per team. These teams were:

Papillion Junior High Team #1 – A Vision of Hope

Papillion Junior High Team #2 – H.A.L.B.E.R.D. – a design for a new HAL Building

It was an outstanding showing from all of the participants.

FYRA’s commitment to the STEM Program

FYRA will continue their commitment to the Papillion LaVista School District’s STEM program by giving two students a unique opportunity to follow a project from conception to construction in the Papillion area. FYRA will involve these students in the beginning phases of preliminary design for Dam Sites WP 6 and 7 which will ultimately provide flood control for the City of Papillion. The students will attend stakeholder meetings and understand the processes that take part during preliminary design. As the project progresses, these students will continue to work with FYRA on each project phase until construction has been completed giving the students an exclusive view of engineering a project in their own hometown.