Inaugural Ford STEAM Day Event in Dearborn an Overwhelming Success
Ford Motor Company last month held its first-ever Ford STEAM Day event at World Headquarters in Dearborn. The event, hosted by the Ford STEAM Council, saw registrations totaling around 600 people—many of them young men and women interested in pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
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Ford has been working diligently to reach out to students interested in STEAM programs, focusing in particular on providing opportunities to young women and minorities. In so doing, Ford says that it is able to get a better sense of its community and the ways that it can affect positive change.
Ford’s ambitions with Ford STEAM Day were to increase employee awareness and encourage them to become ambassadors for STEAM education, reinforce the importance of STEAM education, celebrate students who had taken part in Ford-funded initiatives.
Prashant Javkar, strategy and programs manager for Ford’s corporate STEAM team, said that it is now more important than ever to ensure that future generations have an interest in fields that will be pertinent to the growth of the automotive and mobility industries.
“There is a big gap between STEAM talent needs of the future and the skilled workforce currently available,” said Javkar.
“We would love to have these kids come back as interns and maybe employees one day,” he added. “If anything, it might get them to consider Ford products in the future because of how we touched their lives early on.”
Among the projects and activities that took place during Ford STEAM Day was a mobile alternative energy lab put together by Gary Gibson and his students from Whites Creek High School near Nashville. The lab itself is towed by a Ford F-250 that is fueled by soybean-based biofuel and has visited 15 schools between southern Florida and Canada.
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