Society of Fire Protection Engineers 
Central Savannah River Area Chapter

STEM Fest Paul Knox Middle School

11 May 2017 5:11 PM | Jason Butler (Administrator)

On May 11th, two CSRA-SFPE chapter officers, Rob Plonski (Vice President) and Rob Hanson (Secretary), volunteered to participate at an event called STEM Fest. Located at Paul Knox middle school, this teach-in was to encourage middle school students to consider a future career science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. CSRA-SFPE had a display table promoting fire protection engineering. Throughout the 3-hour event, over 500 students were exposed to a 5-minute overview of fire protection engineering through thought-provoking questions and exciting experiments. As part of this presentation, fundamentals of combustion, flame propagation, extinguishment principals, and general fire safety were explored. Students of all backgrounds left with newfound knowledge of the four components required for a fire to occur (heat, fuel, oxygen, and chemical reaction) and the fundamental understanding that removal of any one of the four is sufficient enough to extinguish a fire.

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