As the new school year begins for most students, we want to wish everyone well on their back to school journey. This article reflects on the ways we enjoy sharing our core values: learning, teaching, and coaching with our community, starting with the students. This past year, ChemDesign has made a significant effort in helping students in the Marinette/Menominee area learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. Through sponsorship and chemistry demonstrations, ChemDesign has invested in our future generation’s interests in the science and manufacturing industry. We look forward to another school year and the opportunity to inspire today’s youth about STEM. Here is a look back on the past year’s events.
STEM DAYS at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus
On January 26th, 2019 STEM Days Program was held at UW-Green bay Marinette Campus. Over 350 students toured through the campus to learn about the applications of STEM. During the three days, students watched chemistry demonstrations by our very own chemists, Erica Beaumier, Lauren Anderson, and Mindy Doubek. Students reported afterward that ChemDesign was an inspiration for their future educational pursuits in STEM.
The First Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Science Fair
On April 4th, 2019, ChemDesign was assisted in the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Science Fair. The 5th-8th-grade students each had booths to display their research, experiments, and findings. This event helped students develop critical thinking skills, and practice using the scientific method. ChemDesign is proud to be involved in this event because these brilliant developing minds are our future.
Sponsorship of the Stephenson Robotics Team
On June 28th, 2019, ChemDesign sponsored the Stephenson Eagles Robotics Team. Engineers Paul Neilo and Dereck Norkoli volunteered to judge the competition. Student involvement is so very vital to our industry. Robotic building competitions prepare students for careers in engineering and technology, improves their problem-solving skills, and boosts confidence levels in science and math. Not only does this competition provide a fun way to learn science but also provides educators a practical way to apply strategic thinking skills outside class. This year the kids from the Stephenson Eagles Robotics Team, made 2nd place in the competition & won an Excellence in Engineering Award based on their robot.
Family Engagement in Chemistry with ChemDesign
ChemDesign sponsored and participated in the third annual Family Recreation Days at the Menominee Marina Park. ChemDesign partnered with the Tri-City United Way to provide three displays of chemical reactions and several active games for the kids and adults alike. These displays served as ice-breakers to invite families to ask questions about the chemical reactions they observed, and many other general science questions. It also opened several questions about ChemDesign as a company in the community. When it comes to STEM, ChemDesign believes it’s important for students and families to see as many aspects of the industry as they can so they can make the best career choice for a prosperous and challenging future.