Theta Xi brothers teach children about engineering

Fraternity participates in Liberty Science Center's Engineers Week

9/20/2010

HOBOKEN, N.J. - On Saturday, February 20, Stevens Institute of Technology fraternity Theta Xi participated in Liberty Science Center's Engineers Week. Seventeen of the fraternity brothers taught children about different kinds of engineering.

“The event was really fun,” said Alex Divinsky ’11, Philanthropy Chair of Theta Xi. “We got to teach kids about all sorts of basic engineering concepts, and we got great reactions from them. The event showed kids that engineering and math aren’t boring. It was great to be able to show them that practical applications of the harder classes are always the most interesting. By the end, a lot of kids were saying ‘whoa, I guess science is pretty cool!’ That's a great feeling.”

Children who participated learned about structural integrity using marshmallows and toothpicks, buoyancy using pennies and foil, and architecture using Legos. The brothers totaled more than 100 hours of time donated in a single day.

“I'm really proud of my fraternity brothers for participating in this event,” said Divinsky, a co-op student and Electrical Engineering major, who will also be receiving a Systems Engineering master's degree.

“It's tough to get a bunch of guys to go do something selfless on a Saturday morning. I really believe that a little bit of kindness can go a long way, and that's something I saw first hand at Liberty Science Center,” he said.

Although this was the first year Theta Xi has participated in the event, Divinsky hopes to make it an annual event for the house.

In addition to this event for National Engineers Week, Theta Xi also is involved with other charitable causes. Each year, the fraternity participates in the MS Walk, representing just one of its causes on a national level.

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