NFPA education roundup: STEM initiatives abound in fluid power

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High school students engage at Manufacturing Day Event

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On Manufacturing Day 2016, Paragon Technologies invited 35 students from Centerline High School to participate in hands-on, interactive tours of their Warren, Michigan facility.

On Manufacturing Day 2016, Paragon Technologies invited 35 students from Centerline High School to participate in hands-on, interactive tours of its Warren, Michigan facility. Paragon partnered with Macomb County Economic Development Committee, the Macomb County School Superintendents, and educators with a goal to engage 2,000 local students by opening the doors to manufacturing facilities in Macomb County.

According to a press release provided by Paragon, “This is Paragon’s opportunity to share who we are, what we do, what skills are required to perform our jobs and what careers exist in the industrial market. This initiative is very important to the future of these students, Macomb County, and the long-term sustainability of Paragon Technologies.”

Paragon Technologies had such a positive experience with the students that they’ve signed up to sponsor another MFG Day event this year on October 6th.

High school STEM initiative

NFPA Flat-Walt

Flat Walt was created to encourage people to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

When the NFPA workforce team traveled to Houston for the FIRST Robotics Competition, they encountered many teams with creative branding and marketing ideas. One highlight was a spin on “Flat Stanley,” the children’s book character turned children’s pen pal activity.

The new spin came from the team from Walton High School in Georgia in the form of a mascot named Flat Walt. The mascot was created to encourage people to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Flat Walt has already traveled the world and even into space.

After spending some time at the NFPA offices in Milwaukee, Flat Walt also accompanied the NFPA’s very own Denise Rockhill, International Standards Development Manager, and Katrina Schwarz, Association Marketing Manager, to San Antonio, Texas for the ISO/ TC131 standards development meetings.

The 2017 Spirit of STEM award
This year at the STEM Forward’s 64th Annual Engineers Week Banquet & Awards Ceremony, Caterpillar was recognized for its involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

According to the press release, the Spirit of STEM award was created in 2012 and recognizes organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing STEM education and talent development in southeastern Wisconsin. Financial support of STEM education, leadership in STEM programs, and the degree of employee involvement and volunteering are considered for the award.

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