August 18, 2022

Garver, I AM STEM program partner to introduce local students to a world of possibility

At Garver, employees believe that introducing young learners to the world of STEM is vital to the future of our communities. In helping to build a STEM pipeline, Garver is setting its communities up for success today—and beyond.

That’s why Garver partnered with I AM STEM to invest in the next generation of engineers and innovators through its program in Lawton, Oklahoma this summer.

“We really try to be our clients’ most trusted advisor,” said Oklahoma Aviation Leader Sean McGraw, PE. “And part of that is being connected to communities, understanding what they need and how they can grow, and Lawton is a great example. I'm proud to work for a company that really prioritizes relationships because we’re a relationship-driven business.”

Through GarverGives, our corporate giving program, Garver sponsored and developed the “Engineer for a Week” program which introduced 60 students to the world of engineering, from the water we drink to the bridges we travel across. Experts from Garver spent the week leading exciting, hands-on activities that demonstrated STEM concepts and showed kids how they’re applied in real life. The students explored water filtration, volume, aerospace, roadways, and bridges. They even capped off the week with a fun Rube Goldberg challenge!

The students also interacted with real professionals in the field to see what careers in aviation, transportation, and water look like. During tours of the Medicine Park Water Treatment plant and the Lawton airport, the kids learned not only about all that it takes to keep a city running, but also about careers they could one day pursue.

“The reason why STEM education is important is because it accomplishes essentially three things,” explained Oklahoma Water Team Leader Mary Elizabeth Mach, PE. “First, it exposes young kids to what an engineer really is and what they do, and it puts a face with the name... Second, it creates a pipeline of professionals who can hopefully become involved as we incubate the next generation of engineers. And third, it engages city officials and staff to foster a relationship between the community and city leadership.”

Since 2015, GarverGives has awarded more than $500,000 in funding for STEM education initiatives for K-12 schools, educators, and students. 

To learn more about Garver's charitable giving, visit our GarverGives page.

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