Students in the Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department participated in the 19th annual Goodyear STEM Career Day sponsored by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on Saturday, hosted on the campus of the University of Akron.
Goodyear’s STEM Career Day mission is to inform and encourage young men and women in grades six through 12 to pursue opportunities and careers that exist in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Tours of The University of Akron’s campus and STEM facilities were offered to both students and parents throughout the day while students rotated through three activities. They were given the opportunity to discover the Microsoft Hololens (the first self-contained, holographic computer), engage with the designer of Goodyear’s Eagle-360 concept tire, and participated in speed mentoring with professionals from a variety of industries and STEM disciplines on next steps for pursuing a career in STEM.
The WHS TechMates participating in the event included Mark Sargent, David Eppele, Sneha Ramachandran, Jill Eddy, Erik Hoke, Connor Reis, Connor Harte, Katie Willi, Ethan Simon, Robert Fulop, Kevin Mayle, and Zahraa Abdulameer.
Kicking off the day was a welcome introduction and keynote from Brandy Moorhead, Goodyear’s director of tire and mold engineering.
Students also engaged in the college and career fair, where colleges and local companies presented information about the profession of engineers as well as college degree offerings.
The Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge was a main competition, where the Westlake senior team of David Eppele, Sneha Ramachandran, Jackson Liang, and Mark Sargent won the 3rd place trophy and a $1000 grant for the T & E Department. Their project was titled “Terrific Toy Factory”, a theme revolving around the various pieces and objects iconic to everyone’s childhood.
The event closed with the announcement of 20 scholarship recipients worth $20,000, awarded by Moorhead. Nearly 500 high school students representing dozens of schools attended the engineering and STEM event, including over 200 volunteers, the majority of which were Goodyear engineers.