Neighborhood’s FIRST STEM Stop
F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Appalachian Robotics team is a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) focused team based out of the main Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Virginia. They recently visited Strongwell to garner knowledge about composites, engineering, 3-D modeling, testing, manufacturing, and design. The group is comprised of members from grades 4 -12 who are interested in innovation and robotics. On a weekly basis, students participate in space balloon launches, rocketry, soldering, and computer programming activities through group-based learning.
During their tour of Strongwell, the STEM-focused team had the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of industrial manufacturing. The team discussed market growth and opportunities with David Ring (Governmental Affairs and Strategic Projects Manager). Miles Brown (R & D Engineer-Bristol) shared the importance of modeling techniques, testing and designing products before launch. Josh McCroskey (Process Engineering Manager-Bristol) shared how to scale implementation and manufacturing processes. Finally, Stephen Browning, P.E. (Structural Engineer-Bristol) discussed the importance of structural engineering within all designs. Strongwell would like to thank the team mentors, Andrea and Gary Wakely for organizing this visit and highlighting the direct impact of STEM within our local community.