FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2011
Nichole Heyen, Principal
Lincoln Magnet School
Matt Heyen, P.E., Project Engineer
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Hanson provides educational partnership with Lincoln Magnet School on Capitol Avenue Roundabout Project
Hanson Professional Services Inc. is partnering with Lincoln Magnet School and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) during construction of Phase III of the City of Springfield’s Capitol Avenue Beautification Project, extending from 11th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. As part of the Phase III construction, the city’s first roundabout intersection will be constructed at Capitol Avenue and 12th Street.
SPS has granted Hanson permission to install a temporary Internet video camera at Lincoln Magnet, 300 S. 11th Street, that will overlook the intersection and will track the construction project. The camera was donated by a Hanson employee and installed at no cost to the district.
Hanson has pledged to work with Lincoln Magnet and SPS to use the video feed as a learning tool. Engineers and technicians with Hanson plan to teach students about such topics as construction site activities and 3-D geospatial mapping. Lincoln Magnet students also will have access to a blog to communicate back and forth with Hanson engineers.
“We’re all about real-world problem solving, and this project is a real-world application right outside our building,” said Lincoln Magnet principal Nichole Heyen, whose husband, Matt Heyen, is an engineer with Hanson. Lincoln Magnet is a technology-themed middle school, and it is working with the city to explore more ways the overall project can be further integrated with its own technology and classroom initiatives.
To see the camera in action, visit Lincoln Magnet's website at www.sps186.org/schools/lincolnmagnet/.