Cutting Edge Optronics (NG-CEO) recently hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) student open house for 21 middle and high school students. The students participated in a day full of fun activities, facility tours and lectures. The students played games that taught them some basics of laser alignment and mechanical tube bending. The facility tour also included a demonstration of laser engraving. The students had the opportunity to observe the laser engraving process, and each was given a personalized flash drive with their name inscribed.
Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) gave a presentation on the Laser and Optics Technology program. The program is available through the Midwest Photonic Education Center on the IHCC campus in Ottumwa, Iowa. The IHCC presentation included educational and career placement opportunities provided by the college, and everyone enjoyed the entertaining laser light show. Several IHCC alumni are currently employed at NG-CEO and have contributed significantly throughout the organization.
NG-CEO is committed to introducing students to science, technology, engineering and math career fields. Sparking interest during middle school and high school years is essential for students to become actively engaged in STEM education and ultimately more interested in the pursuit of a STEM career. More activities are planned for 2015, including partnering with local schools and presenting “A Day in the Life” STEM talks with students. Engineers, Scientists and Technicians will participate in this initiative to inspire students and generate interest in careers available in these important fields.