Today more than ever, it’s critical that our nation’s youth be armed with the know-how to solve tough problems, collect and assess data, and make sense of it all. These are the kinds of skills that students acquire by studying science, technology, engineering, and math – subjects collectively identified as STEM.
Dresser-Rand business’ employees are encouraged to promote STEM education, both within the company and in the communities they work and live. One such STEM team is busy at the company’s facility in Mount Vernon, OH.
The STEM group at Mount Vernon provides classroom instruction at local elementary and middle schools where they demonstrate the importance of real-world math, science and engineering. They do so by educating students about various science-related topics such as electricity, magnetism, energy, and sound, among others. Activities included building electric generators and demonstrating Newton’s Laws and potential energy with the help of catapults and pneumatic potato guns. Also, the team provides judges and display booths at local science fairs such as STEMfest and has facilitated a STEM-related design competition.
Leveraging the experience and expertise of Siemens’ Dresser-Rand business as an industry leader to expand and improve the STEM workforce is essential to economic growth and encourages promising career opportunities for tomorrow’s workforce. Last year alone, the Mount Vernon team of 40 volunteers worked with more than 1,000 students at different events in area schools and other community organizations.