Putting the E in STEM

This post is part of my partnership with U.S. Cellular.

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(picture courtesy of U.S. Cellular)

This week something pretty cool happened in my city. An engineering associate from U.S. Cellular visited the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia to conduct an “Ask an Engineer” session. It gave the students a hands-on look at how the company’s high-quality network operates. It also gave them an inside look and information on career opportunities in engineering. Talk about STEM education!

At these events, U.S. Cellular engineers demonstrate how the network operates and how U.S. Cellular regularly monitors it. It’s all in celebration of the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week. U.S. Cellular is working to help increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers by holding these “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country.

The goal of U.S. Cellular’s “Ask an Engineer” sessions are to bring engineering to life for kids and show them the different career paths that are available with a technical or engineering education. U.S. Cellular wants to motivate youth to explore career opportunities in engineering and to encourage a more diverse engineering workforce in the future. U.S. Cellular is providing this opportunity so that children and teens can have a behind-the-scenes look at how a cellular network operates and understand how engineering and technology is present in everyday activities.

Without engineers and the technology they build, U.S. Cellular would not be able to provide its customers with national coverage and a high-quality network that works wherever they want to go. And if there is any way to get youth interested in engineering, it’s talking about connectivity!

For youth or parents interested in learning more information about career opportunities in engineering, I recommend visiting the official National Engineers Week website at DiscoverE.org.

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