March 7, 2023

ATC teams up for STEM education and careers

The regular college basketball season has wrapped up and as March Madness is underway, we take a moment to look back on a successful Steals for STEM season with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee women’s basketball teams. As part of the partnership, ATC supports STEM programs in our footprint. Here are some of this year’s highlights.

As a presenting partner at UWM Panthers women’s basketball with our Steals for STEM program, ATC engaged in a fun STEM activity with elementary and middle schoolers at UWM’s ‘School Day’ game at the university’s Klotsche Center on Friday, Jan. 20.

MAS partnership opportunities abound
Milwaukee Academy of Science and ATC partner to provide MAS scholars opportunities to learn, play and develop the knowledge and skills for lifelong success. Employees presented at the inaugural MAS Middle and High School Career Expo in spring 2022. Additionally, the school indicated the need for a fence to enclose an area on the school grounds so it could be used safely for recess and outdoor learning for students. ATC answered the need with the funding necessary to complete the fence and it was installed in the summer of 2022.

Henderson Elementary FAB Lab
Madison’s Dr. Virginia Henderson Elementary FAB Lab is a place for students to get excited about learning. FAB stands for Fostering Active Brains. In the FAB Lab, students extend their understanding of concepts they are learning in other parts of their school day through hands-on, open-ended, student-led activities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. ATC donated $500 to the Henderson FAB Lab to purchase an iPad to run Wonder Workshop robots to help students learn about coding.

Employees provide B.U.I.L.D. 44199 First Lego team support
When a middle school student from Pilgrim Park Middle School in Elm Grove, Wis., reached out to ATC to ask for a speaker to help with her First Lego team project, several employees enthusiastically volunteered. The First Lego team, B.U.I.L.D 44199, was tasked with exploring energy sources, storage, distribution and usage, a perfect subject for our ATC experts. We recently learned that the team was chosen as the top team in Wisconsin and is headed to Houston in April to compete in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge World Festival.

Fairview Computer Science Week presentation
During Wisconsin’s Computer Science Week in December 2022, ATC spoke with Milwaukee Public Schools’ Fairview School’s fifth and eighth graders about the importance of cybersecurity and its role in protecting ATC. Students learned from one of our cyber experts that one of the most important steps we should take to improve our cybersecurity is to create strong passwords.

Future City Competition judging
This winter, ATC employees participated as essay and project judges in the Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition. The annual competition is a project-based learning activity that introduces middle school students to project management and the engineering design process.

Woodland Elementary STEM night
In January, ATC employees created activities to teach students about ATC in the Woodland Elementary STEM Night in Kingsford, Mich. About 300 kindergarten through fourth grade students and 500 parents attended the event. ATC was one of 16 local businesses to participate in the fun and educational event.

Dane County Future Quest
ATC employees enjoyed volunteering at the Dane County FutureQuest expo in November at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. The event hosted about 4,500 middle school students from the area to learn about jobs at different companies through interactive activities.

Support for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students and alums
For the fifth year, we employed work-study students from Milwaukee’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to enable them to earn a portion of their educational costs and gain work experience. In 2022, ATC employees also attended the first career fair for school alumni to talk about career options at our company, review resumes and reconnect with former ATC interns.

College internships lead to industry careers
ATC welcomed 14 college interns to learn and work both remotely and in person in 2022. By working alongside our full-time employees, the students learned about our industry, company and corporate culture. ATC also hired four former interns for roles within the company.

Michigan Tech University Summer Youth Program support
This summer, ATC is sending six students from traditionally underrepresented groups to attend the Engineering Scholars summer youth program at Michigan Tech University. The program provides an opportunity for students to investigate careers in engineering and science. Two students each will attend from Milwaukee Academy of Science, Green Bay West High School and the Maydm organization in Madison, Wis.

We are proud of our support for STEM education and our partnerships with women’s Badger, Phoenix and Panther volleyball and basketball bring greater focus to STEM opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups at our company.

If you’re interested in a challenging and exciting career in a STEM related field, check out all that ATC has to offer on our careers page.