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Ford Unveils STEAM Machine Transit XL for National STEAM Day

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Kate the Chemist with the Ford STEAM Machine Transit XL
Kate the Chemist with the Ford STEAM Machine Transit XL
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Ford, like most automakers, understands that the future of the industry lies squarely in the hand of generations who haven’t yet even begun to think about college. The importance of getting kids interested in entering the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics is not lost on Ford, and its latest outreach effort, the first-ever STEAM Machine Transit XL, demonstrates that same spirit of innovation.

The STEAM Machine was unveiled on Friday at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in accordance with National STEAM Day. A specially equipped Ford Transit XL, the STEAM Machine is a mobile science lab that should appeal perfectly to the active imaginations of young learners.

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In addition to the reveal of the STEAM Machine, Ford teamed with The Henry Ford to give museum-goers free access on Saturday. Activities that took place in celebration of National STEAM Day included games focusing on concepts like kinetic energy and Newton’s laws of motion, engaging performances from Dr. Kate Biberdorf (aka Kate the Chemist), and an interactive and collaborative string art wall.

“One of my favorite things about collaborating with Ford is that they understand the importance of exposing children to science, all while giving back to our community,” said Biberdorf. “Their STEAM Machine allows kids to experience science in such a fun way — they don’t even realize they are learning!”

The Ford STEAM Machine Transit XL will make its West Coast debut later this month at the upcoming 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. You can find more information about the STEAM Machine and Ford’s other STEAM-related initiatives and projects at

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