At the Airport: Building a New Hanger with a Design by St. Michaels High School Students


While it remains an overused phrase at times, the words “it takes a village” does have a special ring to a unique mentoring program in the area for students to experience first hand the challenges and fun that come with being an engineer.

A case in point is this year’s project of ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. ACE is an after-school program that introduces young people to careers in architecture, construction management, engineering and other disciplines. And for over thirty years, ACE has been providing Talbot County high school students  with the chance to work on a local engineering project, and this year, thanks to the collective effort of retired engineer and ACE volunteer mentor Jack Dempsey, the Easton Airport, and the “client’ John Galdieri, president of Trident Aircraft, a half-dozen young men and women have been asked to design a new airplane hanger this spring.

As Jack shares in his interview with the Spy, his students never fail to impress him on how quickly they can produce plans that are not only exceptionally well thought out but can equal at times the work of professionals.  Only last year, his team projected the cost of building a new Chesapeake Bridge to be close to $2.5 billion a few weeks before the State of Maryland engineers had calculated about the same cost range.  Not bad.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the ACE Mentor program please go here

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