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RIDGID, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, hosted its third annual "We Love STEM Day" in June for local students in grades three through eight. The event is designed to expose young learners to the real-world roles science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) play in their everyday lives and potential future careers.
“It was exciting to see the curiosity and interest students had in learning about how STEM integrates into what we do in manufacturing,” said Rose Hitchens, event chair and chapter lead, RIDGID Women’s Impact Network for Emerson. “We were inspired by the creativity each student brought to the day’s activities and look forward to the mark they will leave on the world.”
Students participated in a variety of hands-on activities, including making balloon cars, robotic hands, pinwheels, water filtration systems and solar-powered cars. Each activity allowed students to learn about the importance of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, renewable energy and natural resources in manufacturing.
RIDGID is a proud supporter of local programs and education-based initiatives throughout Lorain County, including the Elyria school makerspaces that reinforce STEM learning. The company also partners with current and future trade professionals and regularly invests and donates products. For years, its leaders have served on industry boards to help strengthen the trades.