MILWAUKEE, September 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Rockwell Automation joined the Milwaukee School of Engineering and other corporate leaders this week to celebrate the grand opening of the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE. The new center is the premier STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) destination in Milwaukee for K-12 students and provides students from any school—public, private, charter, and homeschool—access to interactive, one-of-a-kind STEM experiences.
Created in partnership with We Energies, Rockwell Automation, American Family Insurance, and Northwestern Mutual, the STEM Center provides resources, mentoring and hands-on, experience-based learning.
The 10,000-square-foot STEM Center includes the Rockwell Automation-sponsored FIRST® Robotics development zone. Created with a $350,000 contribution, this space features a 1,500-square-foot playing field area where teams have ample room to test their designs and practice for competitions.
“As part of our promise to expand human possibility, we invest in the students in our communities who will be the future makers, builders, and innovators,” said Patricia Contreras, Rockwell’s vice president, Public Affairs. “Our commitment to address both the opportunity and belief gaps for underrepresented students starts with our financial investments amplified by employee mentorship. We know this partnership with MSOE will empower and inspire students to make the impossible possible.”
The We Energies STEM Center at MSOE opened in fall 2020 and has been offering in-person and virtual STEM programs throughout the pandemic. Overall, since 2017, MSOE’s STEM programming has reached more than 15,000 students from 150 K-12 schools.
“The We Energies STEM Center at MSOE is a game changer,” said Dr. John Walz, MSOE president. “We are grateful to have the support of We Energies, Rockwell Automation, American Family, and Northwestern Mutual, among others.”
Learn more about Rockwell’s STEM education efforts to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.