Ford STEAM Experience Box Makes Learning Fun and Easy (Update: Sold Out)
As part of its ever-expanding outreach to youth interested in the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) fields, Ford has partnered with Academics in a Box—whose claim to fame is the award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box—to produce the Ford STEAM Box.
This exceptional kit contains stimulating activities such as developing a Mustang body frame out of origami and kirigami, creating a working motor using copper tape, and creating headlamps and taillamps with LEDs. The end result is a Ford Mustang GT model, built by hand.
Getting a Ford STEAM Experience Box is easy: one need only sign up at https://social.ford.com/content/ford-steam/steam-box.html, and a Ford STEAM Box will be delivered direct to your home. (Note: Ford STEAM Box is sold out as of press time; it is not known whether the kits will be brought back in stock.)
“Parents play a critical role in motivating their kids to stay curious and sustain their excitement in STEAM education,” said Lisa Sheth, a Ford engineer. “Ford sees an increasing desire from them for more STEAM-related activities, and this is a great way for us to help bring that about.”
“Doing good has been part of our business plan from the beginning, and Ford is doing just that,” said Academics in a Box Co-Founder Elaine Hansen. “Ford wants to engage in educating our youth, and we are happy to work with a company that has the same goals as we do.”
Ford has also announced that it is doubling the number of Girl Scout councils that will participate in Girls’ Fast Track Races this year. The STEAM-oriented event provides Girl Scouts with the tools to build their own wooden race cars, teaching them about concepts like aerodynamics and engineering in the process.
“Girl Scouts has long been committed to challenging stereotypes and providing girls of all ages with interactive and engaging programs that increase their interest in STEAM,” said Elizabeth Perez, vice president of institutional giving for Girl Scouts of the USA. “We are grateful for our Ford collaboration because it goes beyond simply offering STEAM content; Ford engineers work directly with girls during the races. Providing this leadership development opportunity is a key element of our Girl Scout programming.”