Key Tech was busy in March giving back to the local community through meeting with middle and high school students. Opportunities like these are available everywhere and are helpful for students and engineers alike. For the students, it opens their minds to how they can change the world as engineers; for engineers, it reminds us all of the great opportunity we have to transform the world around us and share that enthusiasm with young people.
Two events we participated in were hosted off-site (at BLSYW and NDP) and one event was hosted at Key Tech. We had a blast being involved in these crucial opportunities to inspire students to think big and think TECH!
On March 21st, Abbie Shoemaker attended the “Cool Women Hot Jobs” career fair at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW). BLSYW is an all-girls public charter school in Baltimore that focuses on college preparation and leadership development for girls in grades 6-12. Abbie introduced the girls to what engineering is and discussed the engineering process: from identifying a problem through designing, testing, and manufacturing a product. The girls were attentive and asked great questions and came away excited about engineering!
Also, on March 21st, Danica Gordon and I visited Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) to talk to middle and high school girls about working as an engineer. NDP is an all-girls catholic college prep school which has an awesome mission statement: “where girls become women who transform the world” and has been named a top-feeder school for the UMD engineering program. The girls were excited to learn about the different opportunities available as an engineer and were very interested in the Key Tech products that we brought in to show off such as the UltraCrit and Flow Sensor. They were engaged and very inquisitive, showing that even now they are putting their investigative minds to work!
On March 15th, Andy Rogers from Key Tech hosted a workshop for a dozen Baltimore City students enrolled in the Goodwill Industries Job Placement Program. The intent of the workshop was to present product development and engineering to the students to inspire them to consider careers in the technology industry. The interactive workshop focused on how to fund product development endeavors and lessons learned from Key Tech experiences. There was a special feature in the workshop discussing how mobile technologies, such as iPhones, are being used in the medical world and the product development challenges associated with them. The attendees were incredibly interactive throughout the workshop and left with some basic knowledge of what it takes to get a product idea to market.
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