York County Students Visit Warehaus for Career Exploration

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, within 3 years of initial enrollment, about 30% of undergraduates who had declared a major had changed their major at least once. Programs like the York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) Career Exploration Program give students exposure to the joys and challenges of careers in advance, to help them make more informed decisions when it comes time to choose a college and declare a major. Warehaus has invited York County high school students to our studio each February to hear first-hand advice regarding the pursuit of architectural and engineering careers.

Hands-On Learning

After hearing presentations on career paths for both architecture and engineering fields, students break out into smaller groups for hands-on activities.

Warehaus hosts YCAL students for an architectural demonstration

Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge

This activity reinforces the concept of design thinking – a key skill for both architects and engineers. Students use spaghetti, masking tape, string and one marshmallow to build the tallest freestanding tower in 10 minutes.

Lesson plans are available online.

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Members of our civil team built an Augmented Reality Sandbox, using a special projector, a custom built sandbox and software developed by UC Davis. This tool allows users to create topography models by shaping real sand, which is then augmented in real time by an elevation color map, topographic contour lines, and simulated water.

Warehaus hosts YCAL students for a civil engineering virtual sandbox demonstration

YCAL Career Education Readiness Workshop

In addition to hosting students at our studio, Warehaus representatives participate in the YCAL Career Education Readiness Workshop. Career Exploration programs consist of 30+ different programs intended to create opportunities for mostly 10th-12th Grade students to attend and explore a career path that may interest them. 

Business Development Director Matt Falvey and Chief Marketing Officer Lauren Bergman presented to students during the 2023 CREW event, held at Penn State York. 

Matt Falvey, Warehaus Business Development Director, teaches business development fundamentals to high school students at a local YCAL event

Career Resources

Both our architectural and engineering teams presented insights on their respective career opportunities.

The following resources are helpful to students pursuing a career as a registered architect:

For those interested in engineering licenses, FE and PE exams are offered through National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES).

Thank you to Kevin Appnel, Executive Director at the York County Alliance for Learning, for working with Warehaus to make this event possible.