This year the Honda STEM Mentorship Program turns five. It was five years ago that Honda of America, Mfg. and Honda R&D decided to partner to jointly offer a program through which our associates could support STEM Clubs at local high schools. That has included mentoring, tutoring and other support to develop skills in robotics and ultimately increase the number of students studying STEM curriculum and pursuing STEM-related careers.
STEM is a national initiative to nurture high school student interest in the fields of cience, echnology, ngineering and athematics. High schools around the country have formed STEM clubs that focus on getting kids involved and interested in science and technology.
Honda supports STEM clubs through grants and with the volunteer efforts of Honda associates as team mentors and panelists. Honda also hosts events like this week’s STEM Fest, during which area school’s STEM teams gathered to share their projects and enthusiasm. The schools participating in this year’s STEM Fest included: Benjamin Logan High School and Columbus-area’s Metro High School, Northland High School and Walnut Ridge High School.
For educators, one of the key parts of a STEM program is identifying the strategies that strengthen the educational pipeline that leads to STEM careers. That’s why STEM partner organizations, like Honda and others have come together in support of local STEM programs. These programs and activities, like the STEM Fest are helping to stimulate student interest in STEM-related career fields and ensure American competitiveness in an increasingly global economy.
Students took the stage in the Honda Heritage Center to share their projects and presentation skills in front of a panel of Honda panelists. One constant across STEM Fest involvement is that a Honda engineer mentors each group throughout the school year. Schools with an underrepresentation of students interested in studying STEM curriculum and pursuing STEM-related careers received higher priority for mentorship. In addition to the presentation activities, this year the STEM students enjoyed a tour of the newly opened Heritage Center museum and the Technical Development Center. Their interest in the technology was evident as they enjoyed viewing the paint simulation, the 3D printer and robotic training cells.