Engagement in STEM at Work by CNH Industrial Employees
STEM at Work – New Holland Agriculture, a CNH Industrial brand, opened its doors to 80 high school students in November as part of the STEM at Work program, an initiative launched by the employees as part of their mission to promote career awareness.
“STEM@Work is a cross-functional team of professionals that has the goal of both sharing and engaging our colleagues in helping students and teachers to experience STEM in its broadest sense.” Additionally, Mr. Caddick is the Global Platform Manager for the Round Baler and Small Square Baler for CNH Industrial.
This visit afforded students the opportunity to learn more about careers and the working environment of those at the company. The tour started in the Materials Lab, where employees demonstrated how salt sprays are tested and worked on math problems and what heat does to plastics and metals. The prototype shop employees demonstrated how they carry out testing in a sped-up environment.
To wrap up the tour, employees presented a fun game explaining how radar can overcome human limitations in the field while providing prizes to the top two students. Students also learned how software and electronics are integrated into agricultural equipment through a demo of crops flowing through a combine and the electronic components that support the process.
A final stop in the Virtual Reality room concluded the day’s itinerary where the Engineering team demonstrated how Round Baler designs start with CAD models and move through multiple iterations before reaching the field. This is just one of the STEM at Work initiative’s future planned activities as we continue to find engaging ways to promote career opportunities in our industry.
It reinforces that learning experience if you can see, hear, and do it. The more we can educate parents, teachers, and students about STEM, the better prepared we are to foster our own future talent.
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