Across the nation, we are seeing concerning statistics regarding the number of students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related (STEM) careers. This growing shortage of science-based talent will represent a serious problem in our workplaces and universities as STEM based expertise is the heart of our high-technology society and economy.
By understanding the science and math behind various life situations, students gain an appreciation for engineering and become more invested in their classroom lessons. Applying engineering, science, math, and technology knowledge and skills to solve complex open-ended problems in a real world context is the goal of Saucon Valley High School’s (SVHS) Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program. On Monday, November 14th, 50 SVHS students enrolled in this curriculum will visit three Easton manufacturers – Victaulic, Crayola and Follett – to see engineers in action.
“The fastest growing careers require science, technology, engineering and math knowledge at the core,” says Eric Luftig, Victaulic Vice President. “Together with our colleagues at Crayola and Follett, we are committed to inspiring young people to consider STEM disciplines and help prepare them for the future.”
“A critical step in making science and math engaging and relevant to students is providing them with authentic, real-life experiences,” commented Monica McHale-Small, Saucon Valley School District Superintendent.
All three manufacturers are no stranger to promoting their science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities, with involvement in the Dream It. Do It. PA’s “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest. They join 27 other regional manufacturers in the 2017 initiative, which invites students inside manufacturing facilities to discover STEM jobs and help change perceptions and attitudes in the Keystone State about advanced manufacturing careers.
Recently, Victaulic, Crayola and Follett also partnered for “Stuff the Bus,” a community initiative to collect school supplies for students at Cheston Elementary in Easton. A total of 600 backpacks were assembled and distributed during the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s annual Day of Caring event.
Since 1919, Victaulic has been the originator and world’s leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions. Used in the most demanding markets, Victaulic innovative piping technologies and services put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency. The company has 13 manufacturing facilities and 30 branches worldwide with 3,600 employees who speak 43 languages across the globe. With over 1900 patents, Victaulic solutions are at work in more than 120 countries across diverse business lines including oil, gas and chemical, mining, power generation, water and wastewater treatment, military and marine, as well as commercial building and fire protection. For more information visit www.victaulic.com.
Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa. since 1903 and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, is the worldwide leader in manufacturing children’s creative expression products.
Founded in 1948, Follett LLC is a leading manufacturer of innovative equipment for the foodservice and healthcare markets, including ice machines, ice and water dispensers, ice storage and transport equipment, and medical-grade refrigerators and freezers. Follett’s commitment to superior design and construction as well as outstanding customer service has resulted in our unparalleled reputation for excellence with customers around the world.