Volvo Penta of the Americas mixes football with technology at student event

Author:
Publish date:
The Volvo Penta team and its table at the Reach Foundation’s 2019 STEAM Day.

The Volvo Penta team and its table at the Reach Foundation’s 2019 STEAM Day.

Volvo Penta of the Americas recently spoke with students about the engineering behind its marine and industrial power sources at the REECH Foundation’s 2019 STEAM Day Youth Football Camp in Norfolk, Va.

The nonprofit organization Reaching Education and Empowering Children, which was founded by former NFL player Don Carey and his wife Lakeisha Carey, provides disadvantaged youth with opportunities to explore academics through hands-on programming.

The Foundation’s flagship event, the STEAM Day Youth Football Camp, merges athletics with activities involving science, technology, engineering, art and math.

“Our desire is to engage with young people in our community, and we get an opportunity to do that with our annual STEAM Day Youth Football Camp,” said Carey, a current Chesapeake resident and former defensive back with the Detroit Lions, in a statement. “In working with partners like Volvo Penta, our hope is to introduce young students to careers they may not know exist and inspire them to take advantage of opportunities in our local area.”

The REECH Foundation hosts the event in different locations each year; the Norfolk event attracted 400 youth ages 6-17, who attended the day’s activities at Norfolk State University. Participants participated in football drills with Carey and his teammates during part of the day — the rest of the day, students were inside Echols Gymnasium engaging in hands-on STEAM tasks led by local companies.

Volvo Penta, which is headquartered in Chesapeake, provided students with insights about the technology behind the company’s solutions, and discussed what it’s like to work in manufacturing and engineering today.

The company also discussed its ocean plastics initiative with students, explaining why single-use plastic is so detrimental to marine life and asking for ideas for how to address the problem facing the world’s waterways today.

“Research shows the strong, positive impact that early exposure to areas such as engineering and manufacturing can have on the development of a youth, and these skills help them transition into a workforce that is hungry for talent,” said Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “The STEAM Day event, along with our summer internship program for college students and vocational training programs, aligns with our company’s desire to reach out to the next wave of technical talent.” 

Related

Registration for Outdoors Conference Opens

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s June 1-2 virtual conference will include speakers and presenters from government agencies and ORR member partners.

Yamaha Sees Double-Digit Growth in Q1

The marine segment was up 7.4 percent, driven by demand for outboards in North America and Europe but tempered by supply-chain logistics.

Orion Announces SafetyPro Training

The factory-authorized courses are designed “to educate retail associates on how to match a boater’s type of boating with the different signal kits that we offer.”

A Truce on Tariffs?

The E.U. will suspend the June 1 increase of its retaliatory tariffs and agreed to negotiate with the U.S. to end steel and aluminum tariffs.

Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar

For 20 Years, FarSounder has been developing and manufacturing 3D forward-looking sonar for vessels of all sizes.

Dometic Marine Appoints Executives

The company promotes a 20-plus-year employee and adds a vice president of aftermarket sales and e-commerce.

IMEA Launches Scholarship Program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance aims to recruit students into the field of marine technology.

RBFF Campaign Reels in Awards

The fishing-and-boating advocacy group’s Get on Board campaign was recognized by two national public relations organizations.

Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project

Testing of the engine manufacturer’s microplastics filtering device continues as it moves closer to production. The company also released its full-year financials.