The Works Museum recently hosted “Girl Time.” VAA was a sponsor and Paula Barker, Civil Engineer and Kyrstyn Haapala, Structural Engineer, volunteered to show elementary school girls how nifty, and useful, engineering could be. At the event, women engineers led hands-on activities such as building structures out of paper or toothpicks, creating a circuit to show how a light turns on and basic website design. Women also shared their education background and engineering experiences.
VAA was "Piling on the Food" at the 10th Annual Canstruction competition. Shaped like a front end loader, the structure depicts unloading food into a pile. A time-lapse video features the VAA build which won "Structural Ingenuity" and "Honorable Mention." Sponsor support helped the team donate over 5,600 pounds of food and $5,500 to Second Harvest Heartland – the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief food organization.