(Pine Grove, PA) The Northeastern Pennsylvania Energy Industry Partnership (EIP) recently presented an introduction to careers in the energy industry during the Pine Grove Area Elementary School annual career fair. The highlights of the presentation were a solar car and a robotics display as examples of where a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics can lead.
The EIP collaborated with Penn State University – Hazleton’s engineering department to bring the solar car to the students. PSU Engineering students designed the car, and then worked with their regional high school students to build the working solar car. Gary MacCready, Energy Industry Partnership Program Manager & Director of Training Programs and Dr. Wes Grebski from Penn State University spoke to the students prior to demonstrating the vehicle. Approximately 120 fourth graders heard Dr. Wes Grebski speak at the event and over 500 students had a chance to see the solar car in a demonstration, learn about solar energy, and ask questions about the car.
The robotics demonstration by Phil Cimino, Instructor at Schuylkill Technology Centers (STC), included a volunteer from the first grade student audience who was asked to make arm and shoulder gestures which the robot successfully matched and duplicated. Three different robots and devices, assembled by students at STC captivated the audience.
Principal Jennifer L. Bowen of Pine Grove Area Elementary School stated that career development (career awareness and career exploration activities must not be limited to once a year at career fairs, it must be reinforced along with the curricula.
“We hope these demonstrations inspired and motivated the students to study hard in their science and math classes so they can consider a career and possibly work in the energy industry,” said Gary MacCready. “This was the first school event the Energy Industry Partnership has chosen for this type of collaboration. The students’ tremendous response means we will be taking it to other schools in our twelve county area,” he continued. This also promotes the goals and concepts of the STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the schools. The Energy IP is a committed partner with this statewide initiative.
The Energy Industry Partnership is a joint effort of the Luzerne/Schuylkill, Lackawanna, Northern Tier and Pocono Workforce Investment Boards. Directed by industry leaders from over 40 energy companies including solar, wind, coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, electric, biomass, geothermal and others, the EIP is working to help meet the growing employment and training demands of the industry in twelve counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
For more information, contact Gary MacCready at 570-622-5253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.