Partnership to provide hands-on STEM experience for local students
BEREA, KY. — Novelis Aluminum Corporation, the world leader in rolled aluminum products, is partnering with Berea College’s Partners for Education to provide students at Berea Community Elementary School with a summer camp experience focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Through Novelis’ generous donation, students will be able to participate in the camp free of charge.
The camp will engage K-8th grade students in activities ranging from designing and programming robots and rockets to observing and measuring the natural wonders found outside of the classroom. AmeriCorps volunteers that spend the school year serving with Partners for Education as STEM tutors and mentors at Berea Community will lead the summer camp.
The STEM activities kicked-off last Thursday as AmeriCorps members demonstrated the programming capabilities of one of the robots students will work with this summer, the Sphero Sprk+. Students then piloted the Spheros across the classroom and programmed commands that changed the robots’ color and speed.
Reliability Engineer Eric Bigarel then talked to the students about his role at Novelis Aluminum Corporation. Bigarel described the similarities between programming commands for the Sphero robots to programming commands for the large scale machines he works with at Novelis to recycle and transform used aluminum cans into 57,000 lbs. aluminum ingots used in global applications ranging from automobiles, architecture, electronics and new beverage cans. Bigarel encouraged students that enjoyed piloting the Spheros to continue to seek out STEM opportunities in high school and higher education.
The partnership between Novelis and Partners for Education at Berea College is made possible by the Novelis Neighbor program. Novelis’ Health and Safety Administrator Tammy Peyton serves as the Novelis Neighbor Site Champion for Berea. Peyton, an integral architect of the partnership, presented a check to Partners for Education Executive Director Dreama Gentry and Berea Independent Superintendent Mike Hogg at the kick-off event.
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 10 countries, has approximately 12,000 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2016 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit novelis.com and follow Novelis on Facebook at facebook.com/NovelisInc and Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.
Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 60 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing, and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.