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The $75,000 will be used to construct a 45-seat theater and to develop educational materials for students in grades K–12. The theater will feature a 60-inch high-definition display that will be used to highlight the history and evolution of surveying and mapping in the United States. The education materials, which will be differentiated by education level, will be developed in conjunction with a series of teacher workshops to be held at the museum. For its contribution, NCEES will be awarded the naming rights for the theater.
“As a leader of the engineering and surveying professions, NCEES looks for opportunities to advance the public’s understanding of these professions,” said NCEES Executive Director Jerry Carter. “We feel that the National Surveying Museum has some exciting plans that will get many young minds interested in pursuing a career as a licensed surveyor, so we are happy to help them with funding.”
The National Museum of Surveying, which first opened in 1989, will reopen this year in a 10,000-square-foot space in Springfield. The museum will feature the new “Science on a Sphere” exhibit, which uses a high-tech video system to project satellite images of the Earth’s surface on a suspended sphere. It also will include exhibits about famous Americans who practiced surveying, including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark. The museum’s new location is just blocks away from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
NCEES is a national nonprofit organization composed of engineering and surveying licensing boards representing all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. An accredited standards developer with the American National Standards Institute, NCEES develops, scores, and administers the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the United States. NCEES also provides services facilitating professional mobility for licensed engineers and surveyors. Its headquarters is located in Clemson, S.C.