District 196 STEM Career Fair Turns Out Thousands
Local area high school students stopped by John Henry Foster’s (JHFoster) booth during District 196’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Career Fair held at the Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, MN on February 15th. The purpose of the STEM Career Fair is to get students excited about careers in manufacturing and JHFoster was there to represent related fields such as electrical, robotic and pneumatic automation.
The event was free and open to all interested area high school students and their parents. More than 60 STEM businesses and colleges had representatives available to answer students’ questions and share information about their company and work experience. Students were able to move from table to table in a college fair-like setting to learn how to prepare for a career in a STEM-related field and find out what it takes to become an engineer, computer programmer, physician, pharmacist, nurse, actuary or other STEM professional.
John Henry Foster’s Matt Mensen (Automation Specialist), James Kirk (Electrical Engineer), Cory Zwilling (Account Manager), and Mark Augustin (Vice President, Automation) were on hand to give students an up close and personal look at robotic automation in motion, as well as sharing their job responsibilities to those interested in the field. The JHFoster crew was happy to help our future workforce get excited about pneumatics and get them thinking about the possibilities.
Among the four displays available, the highlight of JHFoster’s booth was a Universal Robot UR3 display in which students could push a color-coded button corresponding to can coozies of the same color. The robot arm would pick up the specified color coozie and present it to student to take home with them. Along with Universal Robots, JHFoster distributes an assortment of robotics to help streamline and automate production. You can now automate virtually anything with robots.
Watch below to see a UR3 robot in action.
“I really enjoy watching the kids study the displays and try to figure out how each one works. Their minds are like sponges ready to soak up any information that comes their way. And they have no problem asking questions outright. In fact, one of the questions I frequently get asked is, ‘How much do you make?’” said Mensen with a smile!