Community | October 22 2015

Growing STEM through ‘Engineers on Wheels’

 Imagine the squeal of delight from a 4-year-old girl when she realizes she just helped build a circuit that fueled a toy car. Or, how about when the eyes of another young student light up because LED lights just made her Halloween costume glow? Those are just two of the ways that Engineers on Wheels is teaching young students engineering with an exciting and engaging hands-on approach.

That’s the goal of Engineers on Wheels, bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning to high schools and multicultural communities throughout South Florida. The program was launched two years ago through a partnership between FCA US and Florida International University (FIU), thanks to a grant from the FCA Foundation.

Filling the STEM talent pipeline with diverse candidates is a critically important need in the U.S. today. FCA US and FIU sponsored the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Orlando this year to demonstrate how their collaborative efforts are making a positive contribution in STEM.

 As part of the demonstration, FIU students walked journalists through samples of the types of science projects they perform to engage K-12 youth. The goal was to educate journalists on the importance of promoting STEM in a creative, community-oriented way.

FCA US is a supporter of the NAHJ and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and strives to support programs and issues that bring unique value to member journalists and the communities they represent.

Jennifer Herman with FCA US Corporate Communications takes you inside the NAHJ Excellence in Journalism Conference in the video player above, to show you how FCA US along with FIU students are helping to educate journalists on the importance of STEM.