AKRON — Scientific discoveries are sparked in a single moment. Engineers find inspiration in unlikely places. Goodyear understands that.
That's why the tire maker is doing its best to help foster the next generation of scientists and engineers by providing the inspirations and incentives that could push scientific curiosity into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
As part of its 19th annual STEM Career Day, Akron-based Goodyear invested $28,000 in grants and scholarships to Northeast Ohio high school students and teachers. The awards were given during a special event at the University of Akron April 29.
More than 500 students from around the region attended the event, which included tours of the university's STEM facilities, a career fair and opportunities to talk with the designer of Goodyear's Eagle-360 concept tire.
"Engaging and inspiring students early in their education is key to attracting and retaining young innovators," Brandy Moorhead, Goodyear's director of tire and mold engineering, said in a news release.
"At Goodyear, our most valuable asset is the talent and skills of our people and STEM Career Day reflects our commitment to making STEM education accessible and exciting."
On May 6, Goodyear continued its efforts to encourage students' pursuits of science- and math-based careers when it welcomes Ohio middle school teachers and students to a similar event at Firestone Community Learning Center in Akron.
As part of the event, the tire maker awarded $5,500 in grants. Guests also had the chance to meet with university and business representatives to learn more about science and technology careers and participate in hands-on learning opportunities such as working to engineer a tower that can withstand the force of an earthquake.
Prior to the event, Goodyear said it anticipated1,000 students would attend on May 6, accompanied by teachers and parents.