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Maccaferri promotes STEM education for local youth programs

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We partnered with a local community service organization for a racing tournament that resulted in solar car kit donations for Maryland youth programs.

On February 8, 2018, we worked with Impact 4 Good, a company that focuses on teambuilding programs that give back to the community, to prepare 40 solar car kits, and 6 assembled solar cars, for donation to the Montgomery College – Workforce Development & Continuing Education -Youth Programs.

For our North America’s 2018 Annual Meeting teambuilding event, we selected “Go GREEN Racing”. Go GREEN Racing focuses on the importance of youth learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM education) and alternative energy at an early age.

During this activity, our teams used creativity and ingenuity to build solar cars in preparation for an exciting, single-elimination tournament. Along the way, teams prepared 40 solar car kits for kids who will be participating in local youth programs which allow the young minds to be introduced to and learn about STEM education in a hands-on manner. A hand-written “STEM Message of Encouragement” was also included with each solar car kit to motivate and inspire the children!

The recipient of the donations, Montgomery College Working Force Development & Continuing Education – Youth Programs, provides high quality summer courses that offer a variety of fun, educational, and engaging learning activities in a safe and nurturing environment to children ages 5-18. STEM related youth programs offered through the college include; Computer Programming, Cyber Security, Drones, Engineering and of course now the use of Solar Car Kits!

Dorothy Umans, Dean of Community Education and Extended Learning at Montgomery College, graciously thanked the group in person at the event for their time and effort in helping to provide these kits to some very deserving children. Following the event, she went on to say “we thank you for your generous donation that we can use in summer camps, for projects with visiting student groups and activities, and in group off-campus activities designed to introduce STEM concepts. But you also exemplified some of the other lessons that we hope to share: how to work together as a team, how to solve problems, how to creatively address issues, and the far-reaching effects of an activity and idea. In the short time since we were together, personally I have taken note of more hybrid vehicles and thought of you, been even more responsible about my recycling, and at least considered unplugging some of my unused appliances.”

To learn more about the recipient of our donation, visit Montgomery College – Workforce Development & Continuing Education -Youth Programs.

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