To learn more about professional development while getting up close and personal with STEM and safety equipment, look no further: the Millersville University student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is set to host its first-ever Career Carnival. This event aims to establish an interest in engineering-related fields in the local community.
The Career Carnival will invite local STEM-related companies to showcase their demo equipment, safety equipment, trucks, vans, off-road vehicles or cars to demonstrate and share about their fields and work. The event will be held on September 16 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the McComsey parking lot.
Jordan Branch, senior manufacturing engineering technology major and president of the NSBE Millersville student chapter, is responsible for creating the Career Carnival. Branch says he took inspiration from the Touch-a-Truck event held annually by the nonprofit organization Family to Family Connection – but with a twist.
“I wanted to ask the companies who participate to be representative of minority or underrepresented communities,” he says. “By doing so, I’m hoping to show kids engineering and STEM possibilities at a very young age.”
The event is free and open to the public, and families with children are highly encouraged to participate in this learning opportunity. Families can touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe and supervised environment.
The event is also encouraged for Millersville students interested in seeing what a career in STEM can offer. Branch’s goal is also for the carnival to be a student networking opportunity.
“Not only are companies able to show their equipment to younger kids, it’s also an opportunity for them to showcase to high school and college students,” says Branch. “By doing so, they can also recruit students as well.”
Other attractions at the carnival will include drones, a virtual reality tour of a live construction site, food and games.
The event is a collaboration between the NSBE Millersville student chapter, the department of Applied Engineering, Safety and Technology and multiple clubs on campus related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Companies who are interested in learning more information about the Career Carnival can contact Jordan Branch at email@example.com
More information on attending University clubs and programs of study, as well as a sign-up form for interested companies, can be found here.