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ATC receives STEM Forward 2019 Spirit of STEM award

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, American transmission Co. was honored to receive the 2019 Spirit of STEM award from STEM Forward. ATC was recognized for our partnership with Fairview School in Milwaukee Public Schools, our volunteerism and support for STEM Forward’s Future City Competition and involvement with robotics. We are grateful to be recognized for something we care so much about as an organization.

Fairview School is a K4-8 school that includes STEM programming. ATC supports student projects in the classroom and our employee volunteers help teach them about real-life applications of STEM skills. We recently formalized our partnership with Fairview through the MPS Adopt-a-School program. We are committed to continue working with Fairview teachers and students through the 2020 school year to provide help that is valuable to the school.

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. This year’s challenge, Powering Our Future, was perfect for ATC employee involvement. Students were challenged to design a resilient power grid that that could survive and quickly recover from a natural disaster and explain how it works. Employees volunteered to present information about ATC and the power grid to students and teachers and helped judge the competition.

A group of students mentored by an ATC employee competed in a robotics tournament after building and programming a robot. High school students in the Dickinson County School District in Michigan competed at the First Robotics Competition last year at Escanaba High School.

We are proud of our commitment to help educate students involved in STEM programs and look forward to future volunteering and mentoring opportunities in communities we serve. Getting involved with STEM programs also allows us to share information with students and teachers about ATC and what we do and gives them exposure to careers in our industry.

Thanks to STEM Forward for the honor and Fairview School teacher Jason Floyd for presenting us with the Spirit of STEM award.

Both lanes reopened on Broadway in Madison after downed wire caused closure

MADISON, Wis. –  Crews responded to a downed wire on East Broadway near the intersection of Edna Taylor Parkway in Madison today. 

The downed wire caused the closure of both lanes of westbound traffic on East Broadway. One lane of traffic has been reopened. Repairs are expected to be completed this afternoon. 

The incident occurred after an equipment failure, which caused the wire to drop on the road.

Updated 1:28 p.m.: Both westbound and eastbound lanes of traffic have been reopened.

ATC, business neighbors collect 18,000 items for Paul’s Pantry

Paul’s Pantry representatives and neighborhood food drive participants gather at American Transmission Co. in De Pere to award the coveted traveling trophy.

The holiday season often brings generous donations to non-profit organizations like Paul’s Pantry, which relies solely on community support to feed its many recipients.

But the need doesn’t end after the holidays have passed. In fact, January is the most neglected month for donations to area food pantries, at a time when supplies are already running low after providing holiday meals to those in need.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, American Transmission Co.’s De Pere office joined forces with its business neighbors to collect non-perishable food for Green Bay-based Paul’s Pantry during the month of January.

The drive is a friendly competition to see which business can collect the most items – with the winner receiving a coveted traveling trophy. This year, participating businesses included ATC, WEL Companies, M.J. Electric, Amerilux and Plan Administrators Inc. (PAi).

A total of 17,924 items were collected by the businesses, with ATC employees contributing nearly 1,400. The traveling trophy went to PAi employees, who gathered an impressive 10,475 non-perishable food items.

The real winner, however, is Paul’s Pantry and its recipients. The items will go a long way toward restocking the pantry’s shelves.

“We want to thank each one of the participating businesses, and especially all of the employees, for a very creative and successful food drive,” said Craig Robbins, executive director of Paul’s Pantry. “At a time of year when donations tend to drop off, their generosity will enable us to provide food to the more than 4,000 households registered here at Paul’s Pantry.”

ATC employees help students power up for Future City Competition

American Transmission Co. employees participated as judges in STEM Forward’s Wisconsin Regional Future City Competition, held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. More than 200 students from 56 teams attended the event.

Future City is a project-based learning program where students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future.

Students involved in the Future City Competition spend approximately four months creating cities that could exist at least 100 years in the future. Each city must incorporate a solution to a design challenge that changes each year.

This year’s challenge, Powering Our Future, was perfect for ATC employees to get involved. Students were challenged to design a resilient power grid that that could survive and quickly recover from a natural disaster and explain how it works.

In the months leading up to the competition, ATC employees presented at a STEM Forward Future Cities workshop introducing students, parents and teachers to how the electric transmission system works, their different career roles and how they support our business. We also shared information with teachers who followed up after the workshop and welcomed Milwaukee’s Golda Meir students for a visit to our facility.

We are proud of our employees’ commitment to help educate students involved in the competition and congratulate the winning Wisconsin teams:

  • First Place: Butler Middle School for their city, “Lucky 7”
  • Second Place: Glen Hills Middle School, “City of Superior”
  • Third Place:  Forest Park Middle School, “Edison”
  • Fourth Place: Whitman Middle School, “Waikiki”
  • Fifth Place: Wheatland Center School, “Mt. Bliss”

Future Cities Regional Competitions are held throughout the United States, Canada, China and Egypt. Teams that win their regional competition in the United States attend the Finals held in Washington, D.C., in February. Congratulations to Butler Middle School and good luck in the Finals!

All photos provided by STEM Forward.

Nesting platforms a major component of our Avian Protection Program

Nesting platforms are used by 87 percent of Wisconsin’s breeding Osprey population.

It is cold and snowy in most of American Transmission Co.’s service area, and though many birds have flown south for the winter, they will be back before we know it to begin spring nesting.

Bird nests on utility equipment can pose safety problems for the birds and jeopardize the reliability of the transmission system. We have more than 100 nesting platforms located on or adjacent to our transmission structures to protect birds and support successful breeding. We also partner with other agencies, organizations and individuals to erect platforms in other areas away from transmission lines.

Watch this video to learn more about our Avian Protection Program and how it supports our environmental commitment and the reliability of our electric transmission system.