Ford Partners with FIRST to Support STEAM Education

Ford motor company STEAM Education | Students look at microscope | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

Without science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education in schools here in Orlando, FL and all across America, our great nation would lose out on the ingenuity that has fueled innovative technological advances in the automotive industry. Ford Motor Company, a consistent patron of STEAM educational causes, has announced a new strategic partnership intended to promote STEAM programs.

Though Ford has an established twenty-year relationship with FIRST, a non-profit committed to advancing STEAM resources through robotics programs for school-aged children, the automaker has deepened its commitment to these programs by becoming a FIRST Strategic Partner. Since 2019, Ford directly sponsored over 200 robotics teams and provided approximately 500 employee volunteers in partnership with FIRST in addition to developing the FIRST Robotics Competitions Autonomous Awards and sponsoring FIRST’s annual championship.

Per FIRST’s President, Larry Cohen, “Ford’s dedication and involvement has spanned more than 20 years, and tens of thousands of students have been mentored by passionate Ford employees.”

Ford’s dedication to STEAM education reflects the importance of the disciplines’ impacts to the auto industry. Programs like FIRST help the upcoming generation of youth develop the kind of scientific-minded curiosity that will inspire and develop automotive technological advancements for decades to come.

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Ford Unveils STEAM Machine Transit XL for National STEAM Day

Students in Classroom | Ford Unveils STEAM Machine Transit XL for National STEAM Day | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Ford has built cars for the American people for over a century because they assembled the brightest minds of the times to design, engineer, and craft all their vehicles. The automaker realizes the importance of cultivating a love of education among all children, so they can take the industry into a bright future. That’s why Ford built the STEAM Machine Transit XL, a mobile science lab, to appeal to younger generations and spread a passion for science and discovery.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. National STEAM Day is a time to honor those fields and stoke interest in them among youngsters. The day in 2019 saw the unveiling of Ford’s science lab on wheels, the STEAM Machine Transit XL, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Ford partnered with the museum to give everyone free access for the day, meaning all people had an equal shot at enjoying the numerous educational activities happening throughout the day. Children played engaging games tha implicitly taught them laws of kinetic energy and motion.

Dr. Kate Biberdorf, known as Kate the Chemist, performed at the event and lauded the STEAM Machine Transit XL, saying, “[Ford’s] STEAM Machine allows kids to experience science in such a fun way- they don’t even realize they are learning!”

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