Engineering is Converting Buses to Showers for the Homeless


Lava Mae, a non-profit organization, transforms retired public buses into accessible, mobile hygiene units. See how it’s done with the help of structural engineering.

  • What is Structural Engineering? | QUEST

    Structural engineering is a specialized branch of civil engineering that entails analyzing and designing structures, like buildings, bridges, concert stages, and even roller coasters. 

    Grades: 6-11
  • Engineering is Converting Buses to Showers for the Homeless

    Lava Mae, a non-profit organization, transforms retired public buses into accessible, mobile hygiene units. See how it’s done with the help of structural engineering.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Civil Engineer

    Alishia Ballard graduated in 2015 with a degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University. After graduating, she has been interning with San Francisco Public Works in their structural engineering section. Structural engineering is a subcategory of civil engineering, and it often involves designing, inspecting and analyzing structures like bridges and buildings.

    Grades: 6-12

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