As part of our ongoing voluntary work in the community, we hosted a Lego Engine Build event to create an awareness among young girls of the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Our Nashville Regional Community Involvement Team worked together with Girls Inc. and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) to run this event, which was attended by girls aged 10-18 in the Nashville area. Employees from three of our office locations volunteered to help the girls build two-cylinder Cummins engines out of Lego bricks.
Learning by doing
The Lego event was a part of a series of STEM events that have been designed by Atmus employees for students in grades 5-12. Employees kicked off the event by speaking to the girls about the scope and perks of STEM careers.
When asked what they had learned from the event, one of the girls shared, “We learned that it’s okay to make mistakes. We made a lot of mistakes while building the Legos but we were determined to build it and so we corrected our mistakes.” Another happy participant added, “We learned how the cars run and it is so cool!”
Breaking down barriers
The primary objective of the event was to expose the budding minds to the beauty of engineering and make them less intimidated by its complexities. “It was so satisfying to see the happiness and excitement on those little faces when they built their Legos; I want to do it every year!” said Kasturi Sahasrabuddhe, Atmus’ CIT Liaison for Girls Inc.
The STEM events are just one way we give back to the communities in which we live and work. Atmus encourages employees to participate in similar regional events by supporting them through our volunteering program to devote at least four hours of their time per year to improving people’s lives.