Eighth grade students were eager to learn about Energy Insight’s work in the energy-efficiency field during the MPS STEM & Career Exploration Expo, held February 21, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The company was chosen to participate not only because it focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) but also because it offers opportunities for Green STEM careers—jobs that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
The annual expo helps students in Minneapolis Public Schools understand the value of STEM coursework and how it will impact their future career options. Young participants visited with a wide range of industry professionals and representatives of post-secondary institutions, asking about the skills, technology and education needed for various jobs and what courses they should take in high school to prepare.
Energy Insight’s booth also gave students a chance to see and touch some of the high tech tools used to help customers identify energy-saving opportunities.
“Many students who visited our booth were fascinated with the equipment and technology we use on a day-to-day basis, such as temperature guns, foot candle meters, and laser measures,” said Associate Energy Engineer Margit Barot, who staffed the Energy Insight booth along with Energy Analyst Crystal Pomerleau. “A few of them already knew about the benefits of efficient LED lighting, which was a pleasant surprise.”
Creating STEM awareness and career exploration opportunities for students is key to developing a 21st century workforce with the skills to succeed in a technology driven world. Learn more about the event and other STEM initiatives in Minneapolis Public Schools at http://stem.mpls.k12.mn.us.