Nissan Hosts STEM Competition At Canton Plant
Nissan is constantly committing itself to the communities where it operates and recently threw open the doors of the Nissan plant in Canton Mississippi for the state’s largest STEM/robotics competition. About 200 students from third grade up through the senior year of high school competed in teams to complete various challenges to encourage a passion for science and developing problems solving skills.
“When it comes to careers in STEM fields, people often think of places like Silicon Valley,” said Ray Holt, head of Mississippi Robotics, a nonprofit that advances STEM education in the southern state’s rural communities. “But thanks to advanced manufacturers like Nissan, opportunities in these professions keep growing right here in Mississippi. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Nissan this year and getting more Mississippi students excited about science and robotics.”
The participating students represented clubs, schools, and other science-based organizations from 19 cities across Mississippi and participated in a wide range of challenges. In one case, students controlled sumo wrestling robots, and in another they competed in a math competition. Teams were made up of two people to make sure every student had the chance to get up close and personal with science and math that might not be available to them at home. Students could also attend a career fair to show students what types of careers and colleges are available in STEM fields.
It’s great to see an automaker like Nissan known for its developments when it comes to EVs, and self-driving cars lend a hand to students who dream of working with these advanced systems. Who knows, maybe one day some of these students will be engineers for Nissan.