Early Saturday morning on April 12, while most middle schoolers were sleeping, a bus from Cardinal Middle School traveled to The University of Akron for the Goodyear Engineering Career Day for Young Men and Women. Over 50 students, teachers, and parents from Cardinal attended the event.
This annual event sponsored by Goodyear gives both high school and middle school students the opportunity to explore careers in engineering through presentations and hands on activities. The event helps to promote the ideals of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and careers using STEM skills. Students who participated attended presentations and activities lead by engineers of various disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and chemical from companies within Northeast Ohio.
Students enjoyed walking around the University of Akron campus while attending various presentations on polymers, bridge construction, airplane mechanics, aerospace design, chemical changes with rubber, and many other interesting topics. As part of the day, students also competed in a hands on STEM challenge that involved creating a vehicle to transport material to four Minecraft characters from materials such as paper, tape, plastic straws, and compact discs. The students were challenged to carry the most material the farthest.
At the conclusion of the day’s activities, Goodyear in cooperation with local universities, presented scholarships to area high school students and grants to participating high schools and middle schools.
Cardinal Middle School 8th grade science teacher Joe Sherman was awarded a middle school grant of $500 to continue to promote STEM within his classes and the district. To be eligible for the grant, teachers needed to submit a letter that outlined what they do to advance STEM skills in their schools. Grants were then awarded based on the teacher letter, student attendance at the event, and score on the hands on challenge activity.
Students returned to the school around 3:30 in the afternoon after an exciting day. The students were able to enjoy this opportunity thanks to the support of the Cardinal Middle School PTSA which was willing to pay for the transportation, their parents, and the CMS staff and teachers. This was the second year that Cardinal students had attended the Goodyear Engineering Career Day and they hope to attend again next year.