Goodyear and UA Encourage STEM Learning

Partners Provide STEM Program
Posted on 04/15/2019
Image of Goodyear STEM DaySaturday, April 6, saw 90 pluse students, staff and parents from eight Akron Public Schools (APS) high schools attended Goodyear STEM Day at The University of Akron.

The mission of the event is to inform and encourage young people to pursue educational and professional opportunities that exist in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

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The following Akron Public Schools students were awarded Goodyear Scholarships at the event.

$1,000 Engineering
Jacob Murray (Firestone CLC)
Michelle Reitz (Firestone CLC)

$1,000 STEM
Clayton Esposito (National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School)
Connor O’Brien (Akron Early College)
Jason Do (Firestone CLC)

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At the event, students toured the campus and visited the Student Union, College of Engineering and the Goodyear Polymer Center. Students had the opportunity to interact with University of Akron students and other local high school students. APS students attended individual professional mentoring sessions with Goodyear employees and visited the InfoFair. The InfoFair was a collaboration of STEM Professionals from the Cavaliers, the Armed Forces, and several other companies and organizations. The students were able to speak with the professionals about STEM careers in their industries. Also, students attended an interactive Microsoft session about chatbots and participated in a smokeless paper demonstration during a session with Professor Polymer. Please click here to view pictures from the event.

To prepare students for the event, Goodyear employees facilitated hands-on lessons in ninth grade science classes at eight high schools. The lessons allowed students to participate in a hands-on activity measuring bounce height of a ball in room temperature, boiling water and dry ice. During the lesson, students viewed a three-dimensional tendered simulation of a machine that makes tires and the components of making a tire. The lesson was an introduction to the need for several types of tires that perform at different temperatures.

For more information regarding the Goodyear STEM Career Day, please contact Dreama Mason Whitfield at 330.761-2778 or via email at dwhitfie@apslearns.org.
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