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.