Endress+Hauser has long promoted the growth and development of careers in process-automation trades by partnering with local schools to bolster STEM education. Recently, we hosted the 5th Annual Community+Career and Education Forum (CCEF) with contributions from Central Nine Career Center and Aspire Johnson County. This event seeks to inspire local students to learn more about all that STEM careers have to offer.
"The kids are so excited to show how smart they are. I like to think they leave this activity knowing they have a lot to contribute to the world," said Michael Robinson, a forum volunteer.
Many in the community expressed similar sentiments. "The thank-you cards, emails, and people stopping us in the community to show appreciation—it's been amazing and humbling to see and feel the gratitude from parents, students, and educators," said Brandyn Ferguson, Vice President of Human Resources.
We spend 11 months of the year planning this celebrated forum, which took place on September 20, 2018. The event was a resounding success, bringing more than 1,000 students, educators, parents, volunteers, and community leaders to our Indiana facility.
This year, students participated in a wide range of activities, including:
- Digital games such as: Are You Smarter Than an Engineer?
- 3D printer demonstrations
- PTU scavenger hunts
Students also attended a presentation by Don Kinsey, Facility Manager of our industry partner Caterpillar Remanufacturing, who shared valuable education-related resources and pertinent career information with students and teachers.
Additionally, we were privileged to welcome teacher proposals for STEM-related classroom projects. This year, we awarded six STEM classroom grants, donating more than $10,000 to local school curricula.
We awarded grants to the following schools and projects:
- Center Grove High School—Beyond Reading
- Clark Pleasant Middle School—Laser Cutting Cool Kits
- Clark Pleasant Middle School—Aquaponics: Teaching the Future to Feed Themselves
- Greenwood Middle School—Learning to Create, Creating to Learn
- Greenwood Middle School—Rocket to the Starts
- Perry Meridian Middle School—STEAM Through a Long Walk to Water
The Way Forward with STEM
A study from Georgetown University found that more than half of STEM-related jobs posted to online job boards go unfilled. We at Endress+Hauser strive to broaden the appeal of this lucrative field to our young community members, leading the way in cultivating the next generation of manufacturing professionals through our numerous job training and internship opportunities.
Many are already asking about our next event, which is why we are excited to announce that the 6th Annual Community Career+Education Forum will take place on September 19, 2019! Stay tuned for more details by following us on Twitter: @Endress_US.
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