Episode 74: How Do Structures Stand Up?

Meet the Expert: Danielle Schroeder, Civil Engineer

Danielle Schroeder, civil engineer

Danielle Schroeder is a Bridge Engineer in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Drexel University in 2017 with both her bachelor’s and master’s in Civil Engineering and is the first engineer in her family. As an advocate for STEM outreach, she frequently leads and volunteers at outreach events focused on STEM, transportation, and civil engineering. For her extensive STEM outreach and professional society work, she was honored as one of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s New Faces of Civil Engineering in 2021.

Danielle is an advocate for STEM outreach, especially to inspire more women to pursue an engineering degree. She currently serves as a Senator for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The SWE Senate is responsible for chartering the strategic direction of SWE by being the voice of the Society and membership. She is also a board member of the local Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) chapter and is a part of several committees for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Learn more about Danielle HERE


Slender Tower Challenge:

You need 10 sheets of paper, scissors, and a roll of tape. Your challenge is to build the tallest tower you can with the smallest base (or footprint).

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Bridges book by Jennifer Swanson

Highlighted book for this episode!

Bridges!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids 
by Jennifer Swanson (Author), Bryan Stone (Illustrator)







Book List: 

Building Bridges (Young Engineers) by Tammy Laura Lynn Enz

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects by Donna Latham (Author), Jenn Vaughn (Illustrator)

Architecture for Kids: Skill-Building Activities for Future Architects by Mark Moreno (Author), Siena Moreno (Author)

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